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Crackdown looming on short courses

DET     |      30 January 2018 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Commonwealth Government has released discussion papers on unduly short VET courses and training product reform. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The consultation paper on unduly short courses follows ASQA’s report in June 2017 that recommended defining and setting of mandatory training requirements under certain circumstances and related obligations for providers. ASQA made three recommendations. Recommendation one ASQA proposes that a definition of the ‘amount of training’ that focuses on supervised learning and assessment activities be included in the Standards for Registered Training … [Read more...]

Student loan caps must be part of total redesign of vocational funding system

28 June 2016   ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  Labor proposes to  introduce a cap of $8,000 on student loans for vocational education and training (VET) courses.  A course loan cap is a sensible option, but it must form part of a total redesign of the VET FEE-HELP student loan scheme in the first instance, and of the whole VET funding system in the longer term, writes Peter Noonan in The Conversation. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Currently, there are no loan caps for courses where providers set their own fees and don’t receive a course subsidy through the states. The Labor proposal is to set a maximum loan cap of $8,000 per course funded under VET … [Read more...]

NCVER News

One and one makes three: getting smarter with data In a world of 'big data', smarter linkages between available datasets can provide new and valuable insight into education and labour markets. NCVER is working on such linkages that will enable us to obtain richer and more robust information on the VET sector. Show more... Linking NAPLAN scores to LSAY Linking statistical datasets can help to better understand youth pathways and transitions. Show more... Deconstructing apprenticeships: current Australian and UK policy reforms Research into the Australian carpentry trade reveals the importance of mentoring arrangements but apprenticeships … [Read more...]

Feds propose VET takeover

Private providers to be put on funding par with TAFE The Age    |    4 February 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Commonwealth government would take over TAFE funding from the states under a radical plan to be presented to the states and territories at the next meeting of the Council of Australian Governments in March. Under the Turnbull government proposal, TAFE fees would be deregulated and TAFEs would receive the same levels of funding as private colleges in a bid to increase competition in the sector. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… States could provide some top-up funding for TAFE, but only enough to ensure "competitive neutrality" with private … [Read more...]

The Scan #176 16 December 2015

News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Rebalancing Victorian VET 16 December 2015     |     The Victorian government has released the Final Report of The VET Funding Review (Mackenzie Report).  It’s a weighty document, both literally and figuratively, running to 173 pages and 109 recommendations. Skills minister Steve Herbert says the government accepts the “general thrust” of the report and its recommendations.  It will take the next year to work through design and implementation issues and to consult with stakeholders ahead of the introduction of a new funding model in 2017.  Certain … [Read more...]

Reforming vocational education: it’s time to end the exploitation of vulnerable people

The case for REAL reform Republished 16 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… It's hard to argue with the proposition that Australia’s vocational education sector is a mess.  Mary Leahy (University of Melbourne) writes that tightening regulation and tweaking some of the settings will contain the damage, but these measures alone will not address deeper problems in the sector.   Real, sustained improvement requires rethinking the funding and regulatory models but also the purpose and idea of vocational education. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   How the business model works There is clear evidence of rorting and rent-seeking in the vocational education … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a scandal

How did the Australian VET system get here? LH Martin Institute    |     8 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Jim Davidson, a former senior official of both the Victorian and Commonwealth governments and now a Senior Honorary Fellow of the LH Martin Institute, dissects the  crisis now enveloping the VET sector.  As he asks: How  could this have happened?  Good question. He says future policy responses by government need to deal with the root causes of the current growth in VET FEE-HELP and not further exacerbate the issues caused by the current policy settings.  And he proposes that an immediate measure should be  a moratorium on VET FEE-HELP loans for online course … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 27 July 2015

In Focus CEO Update  COAG appears to be in the early stages of conversations about a Commonwealth ‘take over’ of the system. This is no doubt timely as the current approach, with different arrangements, settings and priorities in each jurisdiction fails the common sense test. The current arrangements are fragmented, confusing and lack any sense of national direction and I look forward to the policy discussion (if I can find it) to take a new approach forward.  This of course won’t happen quickly. We therefore can not sit by and wait for others. There is much we can do now to protect the integrity of our qualifications. Quality remains the single most important focus for all … [Read more...]

The Scan in June 2015

30 June  2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In June The Scan posted 48 items but only one edition (#171) - we've been a bit busy with other things, The Scan being a pro bono sort of thing that doesn't actually put bread on the table.  Speaking of bread, the level of remuneration enjoyed by vice-chancellors was a run away winner in clicks: across the sector, it turns out our vice-chancellors are paid very well indeed by international standards .  Academic gongs, recording honours awarded to tertiary people, rated highly.  It's a curious thing that nobody at all from the VET sector, who we could identify, scored a gong for services to education and training - not a single one.   … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 29 June 2015

Withdrawal fees banned for courses Fees imposed on students wishing to withdraw from courses will be banned, under changes announced by the Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham. “From 1 July 2015, if a student wants to withdraw from training on or before the census date, a provider will no longer be able to charge a withdrawal fee or place some other administrative barrier in the way of the student,” he said. It means a VET provider: Must not have financial, administrative or other barriers that prevent a student from withdrawing from a VET unit of study on or before the census date; Must ensure that where a student notifies the VET provider of … [Read more...]