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The disastrous experience of vocational education and training in Australia holds many lessons about trying to fit education into a for-profit market model. www.shutterstock.com

Why the profit motive fails in education

Market forces don't work well in education. For-profit businesses are more tempted to exploit loopholes than provide quality service.
There is already a substantial list of research reports, reviews and inquiries into issues in the vocational education sector which could be used to build an action plan. www.shutterstock.com

The vocational education sector needs a plan and action, not more talk

We already have all the research reports, reviews and inquiries we need to make reform to the VET sector happen. What we need is proactive leadership and action.
Other states and territories could follow suit and similarly reinvest in their TAFE systems through a comparable policy initiative. Julian Smith/AAP

Free TAFE in Victoria: who benefits and why other states should consider it

30 skill priority areas will be free from the beginning of 2019 in Victoria. Students will feel the most benefit, while private providers say the policy is not equitable.
Labor will be looking to Bill Shorten’s speech to the National Press Club to reinforce the momentum that has seen the ALP ahead in the polls. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Shorten’s three major economic priorities: ‘jobs, jobs and jobs’

Bill Shorten will put creating new jobs, sustaining existing ones, and training and retraining Australian jobseekers at the heart of his economic agenda in a major speech on Tuesday.
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.
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.
NSW Deputy Premier and Nationals leader Troy Grant kicked off his party’s election campaign launch on March 15 by speaking in Wiradjuri. Nikki Short/AAP

Wiradjuri words show the power of learning Australia’s first languages

NSW Nationals' leader Troy Grant has broken new ground by speaking Wiradjuri in parliament and at his party's election launch – and it reflects a growing Indigenous language revival in NSW.

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