The last week saw some further developments in the on-going debate in vocational education and training.
ACPET appeared at the Senate Inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of private vocational educational and training providers in Australia.
The inquiry focussed on issues in the sector including suggested inadequate regulation, the role and regulation of brokers and the performance of RTOs. We took the opportunity to explain the real difference private providers do make in the sector and how a quality provider can deliver a high end product to the benefit of students and industry.
ACPET will continue to advocate strongly in these types of inquiries to ensure politics and bias do not get in the way of a genuine policy debate, and to try and ensure a balanced approach to public policy. A big thanks to Neil Shilbury and Martin Powell for their help in the session, and also to Amjad Khanche of the Australian Institute of Professional Education for his submission and appearance. Amjad’s explanation of the tremendous support strategies given to students, as their College’s point of difference was particularly compelling, as was his description of the difference between a Mercedes and Toyota in describing education choices! Well done!
The week also saw the release of the Victorian Government’s Funding Review. An interesting read indeed.
It is important to note that this is an issues paper and not government policy. That may explain some of the views in the document, however there is a real opportunity to now focus on the consultation questions in the paper, which perhaps give an insight into possible directions. We will certainly be scrutinising the paper closely and will respond to the questions with the view to influencing the final direction. We remain steadfastly committed to supporting reputable providers to deliver quality vocational education and training. More red tape and bureaucracy will not help outcomes. However, strategic market design, monitoring and risk based regulation will…. Read more
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