Is school the most important part of education?
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
A year of high expectations, yet little action.
Gonski funding was scrapped and the vocational education sector got a new student loan system. Here's what else happened in education this year...
Spending on vocational education has declined.
While spending has grown for preschools, schools and universities, vocational education misses out.
Vocational education plays a role in providing opportunities for low-achieving school students to engage further in study and get a job.
Vocational Education and Training helps low school achievers up skill and avoid disadvantage in the workplace.
Some 478 courses, including one in hairdressing creative leadership, will not be subsidised from 2017.
The government is right to cut back on funding certain VET courses that have low-enrolment rates and are unlikely to lead to work.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham is leading a redesign of the vocational education loans scheme.
Diplomas of circus arts, fraud control, explosive ordinance manufacture, and sound and vibration therapy are among 478 courses that will be excluded from government funding.
A tussle between Attorney-General George Brandis and Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson intensified this week, and the outlook for their continued working relationship looks poor.
Simon Birmingham said all private education institutions would have to apply to be eligible for the new program.
A crackdown on the widely rorted vocational education and training student loan program aims to reduce outstanding HELP debt.
Improved funding will provide better opportunities for students.
An independent authority should control the tertiary funding system in Australia in order to best implement policy objectives.
For young people leaving school without completing Year 12, a VET qualification is the main way they can continue their education.
New research shows private VET providers are ill-equipped to tackle the learning needs of vulnerable young people, who are increasingly being enrolled onto these training courses.
In 2015, one in five Australians aged between 16 and 24 spent at least a year out of employment, education or training.
Working life is becoming more fluid, if not precarious. We need to look at how our education systems are preparing young people for a changing workplace.
Labor said they would establish Commonwealth Institutes of Higher Education at ten sites across Australia.
Labor's policy essentially creates a new layer of tertiary education that would involve universities and TAFE Institutes working together to deliver associate degrees and advanced diplomas.
A cap is a sensible option, but it must form part of a total redesign of the VET financing system.
Loan caps are only a partial solution to a much bigger problem – declining public investment in VET and a dysfunctional VET financing system, which neither side of politics has been willing to address.
‘The Coalition’s position on Gonski could change before the election.’
While Labor's policy proposals for schools are all mapped out, the Coalition has yet to specify its plans for education.
Graduates of a 2015 Tertiary Entry Program, which paves the way into university courses, with lead author and CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement, Bronwyn Fredericks (fourth from left) and Provost Hilary Winchester (far right).
If we're serious about closing the gap in Indigenous education, our new research shows the value of building better bridges into universities and vocational education.
With TAFE education under a cloud, the future of VET funding is vitally important.
A leaked paper suggests that the federal government should take over funding VET courses. But it's a path we should tread with great caution.
Deregulating TAFE would have serious impacts for the labour market.
The risks posed by deregulating the vocational education and training sector have serious impacts for large sections of the labour market.
Thousands of students are being signed up to courses that they have little or no chance of completing.
Tightening regulation will contain the damage but this alone will not address the deeper problems in vocational education.
Data on apprenticeship and traineeship take up among school-completers provides evidence of decline.
Why the decline in the number of Australians undertaking apprenticeships? What can be done to address it?
With stories of widespread rorting and dodgy dealings, how can you tell which training organisations to trust?
In recent times, the front pages of our newspapers have provided an almost daily reminder that some Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers are to be avoided.