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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.
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TAFE practice improves while VET policy falters

As a researcher and analyst in the vocational education and training (VET) sector, over the last five years I have monitored two very different worlds within the sector, and the two worlds seem to be growing even further apart.
TAFE: Does it have any distinctive value?

TAFE: Does it have any distinctive value?

Practitioners in TAFE may be surprised or even affronted by this question, but not so a number of State governments. Increasingly the answer seems to be a resounding ‘no’.

The Practice of Freedom

The purpose of an economy is to meet the aspirations of the society it serves, not the other way around.
Fostering innovation: a new role for TAFE

Fostering innovation: a new role for TAFE

Thus far TAFE advocates have lost the argument that TAFE has a vital and distinctive role as the public provider of Australian vocational education and training. The folly of this will be recognised, perhaps in 20 years, when the failures of purely marketised vocational education will be so obvious that they overcome the strong bipartisan ideological commitment to the market.