Issues of education featured highly in the duelling National Press Club speeches last week by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull focussed the majority of his speech on macro-economic matters (on Wednesday 1 February), he did say that, “Now there is no better way to provide Australians...Read more
Community Colleges Australia (CCA) is thrilled that last weekend’s New South Wales cabinet reshuffle has resulted in an Assistant Minister for Skills, the Hon Adam Marshall MP, Member for Northern Tablelands. There is now a second minister in the portfolio – assisting Deputy Premier the Hon Barilaro MP, who is also...Read more
There’s more bad news for Australia’s private for-profit higher education sector. CCA’s CEO, Dr Don Perlgut, reports below:Read more
*****Earlier this month of January, the Australian Government Department of Education and Training released its report Completion Rates of Higher Education Students: Cohort Analysis, 2005-2014. A great deal of attention has been paid to how...
CCA CEO, Dr Don Perlgut, has published a blog post entitled “Australian VET in the age of Trump,” on the CCA website. In the article, Don Perlgut speculates on what impact the new US President will have on Australian vocational education and training (VET). He notes the differences between the US and Australian educational systems,...Read more
CCA appeared in today’s edition (10 January 2017) of The Sydney Morning Herald letters page, under the title “Time to value education as investment, not commodity." The letter, from CCA CEO, Dr Don Perlgut, referred to an article by reporter Eryk Bagshaw about the coming closure of the private for-profit VET college, Australasian...Read more
The Australian Government’s new VET Student Loans program commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the troubled and scandal-ridden VET FEE-HELP program. CCA has welcomed the VET Student Loans program as bringing long-needed reforms to funding of VET students, but has noted that only a minority of community education providers utilised VET FEE-HELP, in...Read more