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New taskforce to plan workforce needs for resource projects The federal government has formed a ‘national resource sector employment taskforce’ to examine workforce needs for about 80 major resource projects anticipated over the next decade. The taskforce – which will ...

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Benefits of staying at school

Is raising the school leaving age an important policy change, asks John Mitchell. Many people in the tertiary sector seem mesmerised by the recommendation in the Bradley review and supported by the federal government that the percentage of people with ...

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How ERA will stifle innovation

<<<Judging from UK experience, the new research assessment system could prove to bring few benefits but a good deal of anxiety, damage and cost, writes Jeff Lewis.>>> While most researchers in Australia would welcome an effective and well-considered process of ...

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Success for newly arrived people

Is VET useful for people newly arrived in Australia, asks John Mitchell. A concrete benefit of state and national awards for VET providers is that it sometimes highlights unconventional training providers that are modelling outstanding practice. One such organisation is ...

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Upping the ante

<<<Stepping up to boost the participation and achievement of low SES students in higher education. By Kaye Bowman.>>> What will it take to achieve the national target of 20 per cent of all Australian students in bachelor degree programs to ...

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Sharing the load

Indigenous cultural competency in the post-Bradley era: who will do the work, ask Christine Asmar and Susan Page. The participants in our research seminar were perplexed. We had just asked them to put themselves in the shoes of an academic ...

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Supporting a compelling vision

If we are to power our ideas, we need to focus on the right game, write Peter Høj and Caroline McMillen. During the past few months, Australian universities have been working hard to support the delivery of the research and ...

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Dodgy provider – or caught in a regulatory maze?

At least two colleges have been closed by regulators in recent weeks, as governments seek scalps to rebuff accusations that they’ve been ineffective in enforcing regulations for international education providers. But one of these colleges may have been brought undone ...

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