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What are the lessons for TAFE from the Global Education Reform Movement?

What are the lessons for TAFE from the Global Education Reform Movement?

This is the first of two abbreviated articles that examine the outcomes from an international crusade to impose the discipline of the market on the provision of education. The results of the marketisation of schooling are the focus of this article, while the second questions if there are similar outcomes observed in the TAFE sector.
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Unmaking TAFE (part 2)

Unmaking TAFE (part 2)

This article is part two of a two-part series. It focuses on the policy trajectory that created a national training framework, a ‘training market’ and the introduction of VET FEE HELP and looks at how these policies brought TAFE to near ruin.
TAFE: a fundamental cornerstone

TAFE: a fundamental cornerstone

For far too long, TAFE and the broader VET sector has been neglected by State and Federal Liberal governments. The push to privatise essential education services through contestable funding models, and the rampant and systemic rorting through the VET FEE-HELP loans program has bred a lack of confidence in the system.
Working towards the commission of inquiry

Working towards the commission of inquiry

The Australian Labor Party is continuing to work on its proposed Commission of Inquiry, and recently asked for submissions to help consider what the Terms of Reference for this Inquiry should be. The Australian Education Union contributed a substantial submission to this process.
Making TAFE

Making TAFE

This article is Part One of a Two Part series, and considers the institutional beginnings of TAFE and highlights how TAFE came about and concludes by focusing on TAFES distinctive role.
New figures quantify the extent of the TAFE disaster

New figures quantify the extent of the TAFE disaster

In this piece Professor Wheelahan takes a closer look at how TAFEs are being funded, and the effects of underfunding.