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VET funding in Australia

Background trends and future directions Mitchell Institute Policy Paper Executive summary The vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia plays a central role in the development of skills for the Australian workforce and makes a critical contribution to workforce participation, productivity levels, individual’s  life chances and economic and social development. The level of public and private investment in VET is therefore an important public policy issues. Historical overview Since 1974 the Commonwealth and state governments in Australia have jointly funded the development and expansion of Australia’s VET system. They have done so in the following phases. The … [Read more...]

D-Day looms in the Senate on uni fees

27 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Senate committee report on the government’s higher education reform package is due by 28 October, with debate set for later in the week.  Education minister  Christopher Pyne has made clear that fee deregulation is the key reform he and Tony Abbott want to achieve, even if it means $5 billion in planned savings fall short. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… It’s being reported that, in addition to dropping the proposal to charge a “real interest rate”, the government is seeking to cut a deal around delaying the extension of public funding to “for profit” higher education providers by three years and perhaps … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 16 June 2014

TDA role on post-Budget consultation: Education Legislation and Financing Working Group SA Government breaks with federal Labor to support sub-bachelor higher education reform – Australian Financial Review Tertiary education leaders including TDA have been invited by the Department of Education to take part in detailed post-Budget consultations on government plans for deregulation of universities, and higher education funding. Martin Riordan, Chief Executive of TDA, was nominated for the Working Group, which met in Melbourne late last week. Senior departmental briefings will follow this week with university, TAFE and private college providers. TDA will be consulting with its TAFE higher … [Read more...]