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TAFE success at training awards

TAFE success at training awards

TAFE institutions, students and teachers dominated at the 2017 Australian Training Awards.
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First step back from the brink

First step back from the brink

The announcement by the ALP that it intends to "rebalance" the VET market by allocating guaranteed funding to TAFE is a small but significant step back from the brink for Australian TAFE colleges. When combined with the proposal that an ALP government would develop a national statement collaboratively with the states and territories to define and support TAFE, it is clear that we are witnessing a turn in the tide of TAFEs fortunes. But the battle is not over, and TAFE has not yet been saved.
The year that has passed

The year that has passed

As we gear up to celebrate National TAFE Day for 2015, it is important to remind ourselves of the year that has passed – and the importance of TAFE to the Australian community.
Dodgy private colleges: failing students and taxpayers

Dodgy private colleges: failing students and taxpayers

Mix one part deregulation with one part government funding then sprinkle with a few thousand dollars of student loans and what is the result? A consumer protection disaster.
The Short and Troubled History of VET FEE-HELP

The Short and Troubled History of VET FEE-HELP

VET FEE-HELP is an income contingent loan scheme, introduced into the VET sector in 2008 as part of the Commonwealth’s Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). An income contingent loan scheme – the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) - was first introduced into Australia’s Higher Education sector under Education Minister John Dawkins in 1989. HECS has become HECS HELP in the Higher Education sector, and HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and VET FEE-HELP are all administered under the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).
The good, the bad and the unlikely

The good, the bad and the unlikely

The Abbott Government has been erratic in vocational education, as in many other areas, in its first 18 months of office. It started badly with early decisions to reduce quality controls, appoint supporters to key government advisory posts and further cut unions from contributing to policy on vocational education.