Tuesday 19 March 2019

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Let’s aim for mutual benefit – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

March 18, 2019

The law of international trade says that countries export those goods and services they can produce efficiently and in excess of domestic demand, and in return import from countries which can produce and ship other items more cheaply. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Australia’s trade culture grew out of our ...

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Can we arrest the decline? – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

March 11, 2019

Those who hold dear our apprenticeship and traineeship model would have been distressed this past week surveying NCVER’s latest quarterly (September 2018) figures[1] for this the most formal part of vocational education and training in Australia.

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Get the base in order – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

March 4, 2019

Earle Page, 11th Prime Minister of Australia (albeit for 19 days) was the first to venture fiscally into state affairs. He was concerned about the repair of the roads in his electorate. “They are dangerous and hamper farmers getting produce to markets,” you could imagine him saying as Treasurer to ...

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Unity in purpose and clarity in funding – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

February 25, 2019

Tomorrow marks five weeks to the federal Budget. In between we expect Steven Joyce to release his report on the review of VET in Australia.

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Australia and the Asian miracle – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

February 18, 2019

I was privileged on Friday to be the guest of the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Cheng, in the celebration of 40 years of China’s opening to the world.

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Be careful what you wish for – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

February 11, 2019

A federal takeover of VET was raised again this week, fuelled by submissions to the Joyce Review. To be fair, the call is for national VET coordination, and for harmonisation of funding and regulation for higher education and VET. I argue, be careful what you wish for.

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Tell him he’s dreamin’ – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

February 4, 2019

A report sent to me last week on degree apprenticeships in England points to the challenges we’ll have here in Australia in establishing a tertiary education system. Whether it’s a tertiary system (unified in governance, regulation, funding and esteem), an eco-system of co-existing or co-dependent parts, or better-connected vocational education ...

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A time to reflect on Inclusion

January 29, 2019

On Saturday we celebrated the results of inclusion, but I trust we also contemplated the impact of exclusion, and dispossession.Around 16,000 residents swore allegiance to Australia and took new citizenship. It took over two centuries for the descendants of the 700,000 inhabitants of the land when it was claimed by ...

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Seven sound arguments for VET reform in 2019 – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

January 21, 2019

2019 offers change, and hope, more than many a year. A new federal government will be in place mid-year led by Bill Shorten or Scott Morrison. Labor’s once-in-a generation review of post-school education holds major promise - a serious investigation to set up tertiary education for the demands facing Australia. ...

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A message of hope for a bright future – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

December 10, 2018

In response to a question I was asked this past week about what I wish for VET, I said, one that is known as high-value, high-skill and high-trust. That’s my Christmas wish.

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