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Why vocational education matters now more than ever

Why vocational education matters now more than ever

Anne Jones looks at how we can design education to nurture the capabilities needed for an active and equitable citizenship in a digital society.
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Art attack – time to reverse government cuts to arts education

Art attack – time to reverse government cuts to arts education

TAFE Colleges, and their predecessors, have long fostered the growth of Australian artists, and the cultural and artistic landscape in Australia. From pre-eminent Australian painters such as Sidney Nolan and John Olsen to street and contemporary artists like Rone and Tracey Moffat; musicians and bands such as Augie March and Troy Casser-Daly; fashion designers from Akira, to J’Aton Couture to Lisa Ho; filmmakers, animators, dancers, writers – so many of the talented people who have shaped Australia went to TAFE.
The 2017 Federal Budget cut funding to TAFE and vocational education

The 2017 Federal Budget cut funding to TAFE and vocational education

The 2017 Federal Budget delivered nothing for TAFE or TAFE students, and is a continuation of the Turnbull Government’s attack on the sector, and its failure to provide policy leadership or support.
The future for TAFE in Australia

The future for TAFE in Australia

Australian vocational education is beset by several big problems that have accumulated and enlarged over decades.
Guarantee 70% funding to TAFE!

Guarantee 70% funding to TAFE!

The VET sector is in crisis. Australia must guarantee 70% of VET funding to TAFE, and shut down the VET FEE-HELP scheme.
VET FEE-HELP: A Lifetime of Debt

VET FEE-HELP: A Lifetime of Debt

In the current debate around vocational education and amidst the growing concern about the activities of the private sector, a proposal to extend VET FEE-HELP to lower level VET qualifications has emerged.