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Decoding the PPP: how many places per person?

The federal government’s Productivity Places Program (PPP) is geared towards funding an astronomical 711,000 training places over the next four years. But if you’ve been thinking this means 711,000 people, you’re sadly mistaken. According to the ‘National Partnership Agreement on ...

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Delivering benefits

The government’s budget response stands universities in good stead to adapt to a changing world, says Peter Coaldrake. Human ingenuity has enabled us to populate almost every possible part of the globe. It has delivered unprecedented growth in prosperity, lifespan ...

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Into the mix

The Bradley targets might mean universities can no longer privilege the academically competent at point of application but have to embrace selection of the full mix, says Conor King. Glyn Davis’s much reported claim that at a real low-SES rate ...

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Growth strategies for the downturn

In difficult economic times, how can private training providers grow their businesses while minimising risk, asks John Mitchell. When the federal government announced recently that some long-standing providers of employment services would not have their contracts renewed, it was a ...

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No room for others

Some observations and reflections on the federal budget from a non-university perspective. By Tim Smith. The relevant paper in the federal budget documents on education ‘Transforming Australia’s Higher Education System’ is something of a misnomer. A more accurate title might ...

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Building on adversity

Tom Karmel explores the implications of the economic downturn for vocational education and training. It seems only yesterday that the big issue for Australia’s education and training system was how to address skill shortages. How quickly things change. Now the ...

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VET briefs

Melbourne college accused of offering grades for cash A Melbourne training college has been accused of being involved in a cash-for-upgrades scam, allegedly taking bribes from foreign students to upgrade their marks. An investigation by The Age has also uncovered ...

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Walking the talk

The government has delivered strongly on its social inclusion benefit. Now it’s up to individual institutions to make sure the real work happens, says Trevor Gale. At one level, there were few surprises in last week’s federal budget commitment to ...

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Powering ideas and innovation

The government isn’t investing in research and innovation despite the downturn; it is investing in them because of it and beyond, writes Kim Carr. Labor came to office already knowing that Australia’s innovation system was in trouble. We lagged behind ...

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Trainers may never become teachers

Does the basic qualification for a VET trainer provide the foundation for development as a professional teacher, asks John Mitchell. There is continuing debate in the VET sector about the value of the minimum qualification required for a trainer and ...

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