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Education Minister Simon Birmingham is leading a redesign of the vocational education loans scheme. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Government knocks out 478 courses from loans under VET crackdown

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.
Simon Birmingham said all private education institutions would have to apply to be eligible for the new program. Lukas Coch/AAP

New VET loan scheme to exclude shonky providers

A crackdown on the widely rorted vocational education and training student loan program aims to reduce outstanding HELP debt.
A cap is a sensible option, but it must form part of a total redesign of the VET financing system. from www.shutterstock.com

Student loan caps must be part of total redesign of vocational funding 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.
Maintaining community confidence in the value of VET qualifications is essential for a functioning labour market. shutterstock

Australia’s VET system needs fundamental change – here’s how it can be fixed

Lured by government subsidies, registered training organisations are enrolling people into VET courses that do not match their needs and for which there is a dubious case at best for taxpayer support.
Funding of vocational education is suffering given neither the state nor Federal government has sole responsibility. Shutterstock

Renewing federalism: our tertiary education system needs a rethink

The reform of Australia’s federation is under review. In this special series, we ask leading Australian academics to begin a debate on renewing federalism, from tax reform to the broader issues of democracy…
Changes to the regulation of Vocational Education and Training are good, but they ignore the real problem, that the sector is chronically underfunded. Shutterstock

Reforms to VET are a good thing, but nowhere near enough

After announcing a slew of changes to vocational education and training (VET) earlier in the week, Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane made further changes yesterday to the regulation of the sector. While…

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