A new report from Community Colleges Australia (CCA) highlights how NSW community education providers contribute to the state’s regional and rural economic development. The report concludes that the not-for-profit community education sector constitutes a major economic development resource that has been under-utilised by state, Commonwealth and local governments. Read full story
n December 2017, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, announced public consultations with VET stakeholders on the implementation of recommendations made by ASQA in the 2017 report on short courses, ‘A review of issues relating to unduly short training’. A discussion paper has also been released to support the consultations and public submissions to the process. The discussion paper outlines the reforms currently being undertaken by the Australian Government.
Vocational education and training (VET) providers delivering courses to overseas students may be aware of updates to the National Code 2018 that affect the delivery of online or distance learning.
Under the National Code 2018, a provider may deliver up to one-third of the units (or equivalent) of a VET course by online or distance learning to an overseas student.
Any VET providers considering changing the mode of delivery for some units in a course should ensure they are considering the requirements of the Standards for RTOs 2015 before renegotiating written agreements for additional offline or distance-based delivery.
Did we need any more proof that uncapped funding of private for-profit vocational education and training (VET) providers has been a disaster for Australia? A “disastrous backfire”, according to John Ross, writing in The Australian on Thursday 1 February 2018. His article (“Vocation training open market schemes a disaster”) about the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services for the period 2012 to 2016 notes that 520,000 students participated in government-funded VET in 2012, a figure that fell to 367,000 in 2016 – despite this funding rising from $160 million (in 2012) to $$1.68 billion in 2016.
Read the full article posted by https://cca.edu.au/billions-wasted-in-vocational-education/ Community Colleges Australia
As of 1 January 2018, eligibility for student payments has been restricted to those VET courses (at diploma level and above) and education providers that are approved for VET Student Loans.