The Scan 28 June 2016 #181

Apprentice numbers slump 28 June 2016    |     The number of apprentices across Australia has plunged since the Coalition took office, government figures show, with some of the steepest falls occurring in high-unemployment marginal seats still up for grabs at Saturday's election.  Western Sydney has lost 10,642 apprentices and western Melbourne 4782, while the national total fell 28 per cent from 383,562 to 278,583, between December 2013 and December last year, documents obtained under Freedom of Information and NCVER data reveal.  Labor claims the falling take up of apprenticeships is a direct result of the $1 billion stripped from trades support programs since the change of government, … [Read more...]

The Scan | Edition # 164 | 31 October 2014

Labor's calculator of doom 31 October 2014    |       As part of its growing campaign against the Abbott government’s deregulation of university fees, Labor has launched its own “calculator of doom” which shows that in a “best case” scenario in which universities simply raise fees to cover proposed funding cuts, female nurses and teachers could face cost increases of about 60% once interest repayments are included. Under the best case scenario, a female nurse would end up repaying $32,245 for her three-year degree over nine years, up 66% from $19,410 under current arrangements. If prices rose to international student levels she would eventually repay $56,643 over almost 15 years. A male … [Read more...]

The Scan | #154 | 13 June 2014

TEQSA "gardening leave" confirmed 13 June 2014    |    It has been confirmed at Senate Estimates that chief higher education regulator Carol Nicoll has taken indefinite leave and her future is tied to legislation that would restructure the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.  A Bill introduced in late February by education minister Christopher Pyne would spill the positions of TEQSA’s five commissioners, splitting the roles of chief commissioner and chief executive both of which are currently vested in the person of Dr Nicoll. It would also strip away the agency’s broader role in quality assessment.....[ MORE ]…. VET susidy cuts in Queensland 13 June 2014    |    The … [Read more...]

The Scan 22 August 2013

#134     |     22 August 2013 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Opposition push to lift O/S student numbers An Abbott government would make it easier for foreign students to obtain post-study work rights in Australia as part of a Coalition push to repair the lucrative education export industry.  Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne says the Coalition ”cannot promise to reverse the $2.8 billion of cuts to higher education”.  However he vowed to increase revenue to universities within 100 days of being elected by ”rebuilding” the international education market, which … [Read more...]

The Scan 13 August 2013

#133 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VCs doing OK An analysis  by the National Tertiary Education Union of the 2012 Annual reports of Australia’s 37 public universities shows that their vice -chancellors (VCs) were well financially rewarded for their efforts. In total the VCs received remuneration packages worth close to $30m.   Only one V-C is paid less that the Prime Minister, with most getting considerably more.... [READ MORE] ..... Employers losing faith in training system A  Victorian government-commissioned survey has found that employers are losing faith in the quality … [Read more...]

Greens: “make TAFE a priority”

ABC News    |    9 August 2013 The Greens are calling for the mining tax to be amended to give the TAFE system an extra $1.2 billion. Deputy Greens leader Adam Bandt says the Federal Government has forced TAFE to compete with private providers resulting in campus closures, rising fees and job losses. The rescue package would inject $400 million per year for TAFE starting from July 2014. Bandt says a more effective mining tax would provide the funding boost. Instead we give some more people in Australia some apprenticeships and some proper skills.  When other countries have got resources that you only get to dig up and sell off once, they put the money aside to invest in the … [Read more...]

NTEU launches “vote smart” TV campaign

NTEU News    |     12 August 2013 Claiming that university classes have almost doubled in size, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) began its Vote Smart advertising campaign on 12 August. The TV advertisements call for a Green vote in the Senate and will air in Perth, Adelaide, northern Tasmania and regional Queensland – Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns. A variation on the TV ad will promote a vote for independent Andrew Wilkie in the seat of Denison in Hobart.  Billboard advertisements will also be erected in the seat of Melbourne advocating a vote for Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt (who is being challenged by Labor's Cath Bowtell, a former NTEU official). NTEU … [Read more...]