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2015 Archived News

A Senate committee has found evidence of rampant abuse of VET FEE-HELP by private training providers and an explosion in student bad debts.

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TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has called for greater investment in vocational education and training (VET), rather than further "gold plating" of universities, in response to Universities Australia's call for increased government funding.

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Martin Riordan from TAFE Directors Australia spoke on Radio National Breakfast (ABC) this morning. Click 'Continue Reading' below to play audio (7 min 28sec).

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An overhaul of the training sector and a federal takeover of TAFE were key areas of discussion at the Turnbull government's summit of business, trade union and community groups, according to an article in The Australian.

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The federal government's proposal for a Commonwealth takeover of vocational education and training would mean cuts to the TAFE sector, the federal opposition has claimed.

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Prime Minister Turnbull's promotion of Senator Simon Birmingham to Minister for Education and Training brings confidence of a more balanced approach to skills and training for Australia's education sector, TDA said in a statement released yesterday.

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The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham has delivered the strongest case yet for the Commonwealth to assume responsibility for VET, in his address to the TDA national conference.

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The federal government has embarked upon a shake up of the $435 million apprenticeship incentives program and is exploring new models of apprenticeship delivery.

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VET spending in Australia has fallen back to levels of more than a decade ago, while funding for schools and higher education has soared, according to new research from the Mitchell Institute.

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The Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham has described as "appalling" the low completion rates at some private colleges revealed in the latest official data.

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Australia's Skillaroos have won three Silver medals and two Bronze at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has played a key role in a joint investigation by the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force which has seen three people charged over alleged involvement in a large scale fraud.

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WorldSkills Australia's 2015 Skillaroos will be officially farewelled this week at a ceremony in Sydney before heading off to the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Federal and state leaders have agreed to consider a proposal to shift responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) from the states to the Commonwealth.

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Two of the key architects of the original HECS have produced a new report that argues for significant reform to the income contingent loan scheme that would extend it to more VET students while making it affordable.

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More than one person in every street in Australia is enrolled with TAFE. Many millions of today's workforce have gained a job or advanced their careers by partnering with these institutions.

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The MySkills website which provides a national directory or training organisations and courses has been updated with information for vocational educational and training (VET) students.

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The number of students attending TAFE and other government providers fell by 8.8% to 1.08 million in 2014, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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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.

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Chisholm Institute is one of six organisations announced today that will make up the new Industry Skills Fund Skills Adviser Network.

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The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has rejected claims that it failed to take action against registered training organisations (RTOs) owned by Vocation Limited.

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A Senate committee has endorsed the South Australian government's plan for subsidised training and criticised the Commonwealth for threatening to withhold $65 million in funding to the state.

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The federal government is threatening to withhold $65 million in training funds to South Australia over a claimed pro-TAFE bias in the state's new student funding plan.

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Victoria will shortly embark on a new risk-based approach to quality in the vocational education (VET) system, and will seek to position TAFEs as magnets for more international students.

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While there were few changes to training and skills in last week's federal budget, there were a number of significant impacts on international education revealed in the detailed portfolio statements.

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The National Partnership Agreement on Skills, including the student entitlement to training, is to be reviewed, following the COAG meeting of federal, state and territory skills ministers in Melbourne on Friday.

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The Australian Competition Consumer Commission (ACCC) is expected to shortly lay charges following its investigation into private college training rorts.

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The federal government has outlined a new, contestable model to put employers at the centre of training product development.

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There is a position vacant for a Policy Analyst with TDA. Applications close Friday, April 24th.

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The financial position of Victoria's TAFE sector has significantly worsened, according to annual reports tabled in the state parliament last week.

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The number of trade support loans is growing, with 20,000 applications received under the program.

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The federal government is considering a new 'cooling-off' provision that would allow students signed up by some colleges to back out of agreements.

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The Victorian state government has pumped an additional $50 million into the TAFE system, with a 'Back to Work' fund that it says will create at least 100,000 jobs.

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Sydney TAFE is one of several TAFE Institutes to sign up with the TDA National Scholarships Foundation (TDA NSF) to award a large share of the scholarship program. The agreement with Sydney TAFE is the most significant to date.

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Training providers and brokers will be banned from offering students sign-up inducements such as cash, meals, prizes or laptops, under the federal government's latest crackdown.

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A Senate committee has expressed concern about the rapid increase in government funding to non-TAFE providers and the explosion in VET FEE-HELP.

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The federal government has announced that training providers will be subject of targeted audits to prevent the exploitation of VET FEE-HELP.

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The Victorian government has ordered a crackdown on low quality training providers and the misuse of government funds, and revealed that thousands of qualifications are being recalled.

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There has been a turnaround in the number of apprentices commencing, suggesting an end to the recent decline, according to the latest figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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The Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham has hinted at a further crack down on rogue training providers.

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The Queensland Labor Opposition's promise to rescue the TAFE sector will now come into sharper focus following the LNP's surprise setback in the weekend state election.

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Planning has commenced for this year's TDA National Conference to be held in Hobart, 9-11 September.

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The Department of Education and Training (DET) says that it will be "business as usual" as responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) transitions out of the Department of Industry, and into its new home.

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The new federal minister responsible for vocational education and training (VET) has warned of a crackdown on rogue training brokers that has now come into effect.

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