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A year of high expectations, yet little action. from www.shutterstock.com

2016, the year that was: Education

Gonski funding was scrapped and the vocational education sector got a new student loan system. Here's what else happened in education this year...
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.
For young people leaving school without completing Year 12, a VET qualification is the main way they can continue their education. from www.shutterstock.com

More at-risk young people are turning to private VET providers

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.
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.
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). Peter Lawrence/CQUniNewsPICs

Laying pathways for greater success in education for Indigenous Australians

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. AAP/Julian Smith

VET funding can’t be fixed by sidelining TAFE

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. from www.shutterstock.com

Deregulating TAFE is a big risk to the labour market

The risks posed by deregulating the vocational education and training sector have serious impacts for large sections of the labour market.
With stories of widespread rorting and dodgy dealings, how can you tell which training organisations to trust? from www.shutterstock.com.au

How to choose the right training provider

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.

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