DODGY PRIVATE TRAINING PROVIDERS FLOURISH UNDER TURNBULL

6 Aug 2018

News today that the Commonwealth Ombudsman has received 5,193 complaints about dodgy private training providers in just nine months should be a wake-up call for the Turnbull Government.

 

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
 

 

DODGY PRIVATE TRAINING PROVIDERS FLOURISH UNDER TURNBULL

 
News today that the Commonwealth Ombudsman has received 5,193 complaints about dodgy private training providers in just nine months should be a wake-up call for the Turnbull Government.
 
Alarmingly, the Ombudsman expects this number to increase as students lodge their tax returns only to find they have been charged for courses they have not done.
 
The Ombudsman’s report states: “…many complainants first discover they have a student loan or discover that the loan amount is larger than they expected, when they submit their tax return.”
 
Described today as “one of the biggest rorts in Australian education history” by the Sydney Morning Herald, it is feared many students remain unaware they have been charged and have therefore not reported it.
 
Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships, Senator Doug Cameron, said dodgy training providers have flourished under the Turnbull Government.
 
Senator Cameron said today’s report further highlights the need for a robust inquiry into vocational education in Australia which Labor has committed to doing.
 
“The Abbott/Turnbull Government has stripped $3 billion from vocational education since being elected,” Senator Cameron said.
 
“The vocational education system has been damaged by privatisation, poor regulation and unhealthy competition.
 
“Assistant Minister for VET, Karen Andrews, keeps assuring the public she is on top of the situation but today’s report shows nothing is further from the truth.”
Senator Cameron said Labor will ensure at least two thirds of all government funding for vocational education will go to TAFE.
The balance will go to not-for-profit community and adult educators, and only high quality private providers with demonstrated links to industry.
 
MONDAY, 6 AUGUST 2018
 


Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.