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Politics podcast: Simon Birmingham on the new VET student loan scheme

Politics podcast: Simon Birmingham on the new VET student loan scheme.

A new vocational education and training student loan scheme will aim at putting a stop to rorting by dodgy private colleges. Education Minister Simon Birmingham tells Michelle Grattan the new scheme is being built from the ground up.

“First and foremost, [there will be] strong barriers to entry for the types of vocational education providers who can offer loans as part of it,” he says.

The reforms will see the number of courses available drop from more than 800 to “somewhere around the 300 or 400 mark”, Birmingham says.

There are a range of different areas that have been subsidised over recent years - but certainly very odd areas - such as Chinese veterinary medicine, will no longer make the cut. A number of I guess lifestyle-type courses is the best way to define some of them.

Birmingham also talks on his negotiations for a new school funding agreement and will soon announce a new higher education policy.

Music credit: “Natural”, by Dlay on the Free Music Archive

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