TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL IGNORING VET

17 Aug 2018

The Turnbull Government continues to ignore the failing training market, showing how little they care about the future of vocational education and training in Australia.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
 
TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL IGNORING VET
 

The Turnbull Government continues to ignore the failing training market, showing how little they care about the future of vocational education and training in Australia.
 
Karen Andrews announced today that the Government will replace the current tuition assurance arrangements for VET Student Loan and non-university higher education FEE-HELP recipients with the scheme covering international students.
 
Labor welcomes anything that protects students from collapsing training organisations – but this is just more tweaking from the government - demonstrating their failure to deal with the underlying problems that beleaguer the vocational education system.
 
A recent report that the VET Student Loans Ombudsman received over 5,000 complaints about dodgy private training providers in nine months should have been enough to shake them out of their torpor.
 
Alas, while they rearrange the deck chairs, VET student enrolments continue to drop.
 
In contrast Labor will ensure that at least two thirds of all government funding for vocational education will go to the trusted public provider, TAFE.
 
The balance will go to not-for-profit community and adult educators, and only high quality providers with demonstrated links to industry.
 
In the first 100 days of office Labor will establish a comprehensive inquiry into post-secondary education. Ensuring secure consumer protection for students will form part of Labor’s review.
 
Foremost the inquiry will build a post-secondary education system focussed on ensuring sustainable, quality provision in the first place – with TAFE and universities at its centre.
 

FRIDAY, 17 AUGUST 2018
 Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.