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The year to date

11 March 2016 There’s a lot to catch up with but, as they say, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose (which is, according to the estimable Wiktionary, an epigram by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in the January 1849 issue of his journal Les Guêpes (“The Wasps”), meaning “the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.”)  VET FEE-HELP   As previously reported, changes to the VET FEE-HELP (VFH)  scheme legislated late last year provides some better protection of students from the carpetbaggers who have looted the scheme and dudded the students.  The government proposes to spend this year look at ways to rort-proof it from the likes of Phoenix.  But as so many people have asked: how … [Read more...]

Sorry state of the market

12 February 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the recent Productivity Commission Report on Government Services showing VET enrolments declining in 2013 by more than 60,000 (3.9 %) - admittedly after some years of growth – a report by Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney – commissioned by the Australian Education Union - shows that large private training college chains have been generating extraordinary profit margins on the back of their recent access to public subsidies. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The report says the profit margins leveraged from public subsidies at three listed training companies — Vocation, Australian Careers … [Read more...]

Report on Government Services 2015 Vocational Education and Training

Productivity Commission      |     6 February 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… This chapter (chapter 5) reports on government funded vocational education and training (VET) services delivered by government and private Registered Training Organisations. It includes training activity funded under the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD). The scope of this chapter does not extend to VET services provided in schools (which are within the scope of School education, chapter 4) or university education. • In 2013, the Australian and State and Territory governments provided $5.8 billion of recurrent expenditure for vocational education and training (VET) (p. … [Read more...]

The Scan 13 February 2015

Edition # 166 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Higher ed reforms referred back to Committee 12 February 2015 | Labor, the Greens and four independent senators (Senators Xenophon, Lambie, Muir, Rhiannon and Lazarus) have joined forces to establish another inquiry into higher education reform, to report by 17 March. The committee will consider alternatives to deregulation, likely future demand for places and implications on student loans, research infrastructure and regional provision. The inquiry will also look to investigate “the appropriateness and accuracy of government … [Read more...]