With the Prime Minister set to announce a training reform package, which is said to include quality assurance measures, to take to the next Council of Australian Governments, the Victorian Government has announced its own measures to keep out so-called “dodgy” training providers. A rapid investigation team and a new star rating for training providers are being set up to expose the rogue operators Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall says are undermining the education industry. The moves come amid concerns the state’s open-market training sector is fuelling a rise in useless diploma courses at private providers rorting government-funded enrolments. The Australian reports that Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans has signalled that the states could be pushed to apply their funding exclusively to training in areas of industry demand. He highlighted the recent deal with South Australia as a model to ensure states encouraged enrolments in the skills they needed. The SA approach, if adopted by other states, could discourage enrolment spikes in areas of dubious industry need – for example the recent 1000% increase in fitness instructor courses in Victoria. Courses for horticulture, agriculture, warehouse administration and delivery driving have also experienced blowouts in Victoria’s open training market. Senator Evans said the SA approach also required colleges “to demonstrate how they are responsive to the needs of industry” if they wanted to be able to provide government-supported training places or access to loans.