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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

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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RedSpace moves TAFE Qld into applied research

TAFE Queensland has broken into the applied research sector with a new centre and indicates a future push into formal research – traditionally the domain of universities. TAFE QLD’s RedSpace Centre for Applied Research and Innovation partners with local small ...

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OTI shuts off new enrolments

The Open Training Institute – Open Universities Australia’s VET arm – has announced it has closed off new enrolments, permanently. Paul Wappett, OUA chief executive, said the scandals which have rocked private VET and down turning demand have undermined the business’s future. OUA will ...

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