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Opinion: Dismantling the VET blame game


The federal government lays VET FEE-HELP’s failure at Labor’s feet, conveniently ignoring its own policy shortcomings since 2013. What does a government do when the whole country knows its policy has failed? In the case of the current federal government ...

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Design collaboratively, learn the same way: architect

The Somerville College Technical Education & Trade Training Centre. Photo: Christine Francis

Collaboration is the beating heart of effective vocational education spaces, an architect has said. Mark Freeman, from specialist educational architecture firm Gray Puksand, recently completed a $5.1 million VET facility situated in Melbourne’s Somerville Secondary College. Freeman said he worked closely ...

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BUDGET: VET funding declines amid policy vacuum


The 2016–17 federal Budget confirms that Commonwealth investment in Vocational Education and Training (VET) will fall by more than $500 million in 2017–18, when the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform expires. There will also be reductions of $50 million over four years ...

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Price caps for VET courses tabled in report

Scott Ryan, the Victorian Senator in charge of federal VET policy,

The federal government is discussing capping the prices of vocational courses offered through VET FEE-HELP. This is one of the options tabled in a discussion paper the federal skills minister, Scott Ryan, released today. It read: “Recognising course costs are often unreflective of ...

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COAG-sponsored review warns against sidelining TAFE


A mid-term review of the federal government’s five-year skills plan – implemented by federal Labor in 2012 – has concluded that TAFE shouldn’t be deemed ‘just another provider’ within the VET sector. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) commissioned ACIL Allen’s Review ...

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