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Teetering on the edge

If everyone buys a simulacrum of the education revolution, why should government bother to fund the real thing? By Simon Marginson. The dust has settled and the cheering has stopped. Once again Canberra has packaged a tertiary education budget with ...

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Rethinking the system

The most likely explanation for the exclusion of private providers and VET from the government’s demand driven system is more fiscal than philosophical, writes Andrew Norton. The 12 May budget confirmed that, contrary to the Bradley report’s recommendation, the government ...

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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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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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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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