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Investment in Training Back on the National Agenda, by Dr Don Perlgut, CEO Community Colleges Australia

Last July, Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition ran its election campaign under the slogan “jobs and growth”, although announced no new training policies or programs. Instead, it promoted a $48 billion tax cut for business, part of which has partially been approved by Parliament.

Why the issue of for-profit Australian VET doesn’t go away, by Dr Don Perlgut, CEO Community Colleges Australia

Why won’t the issue of for-profit Australian vocational education and training (VET) go away, even with the long-awaited and much-welcomed replacement of the flawed loan program VET FEE-HELP with VET Student Loans?

Former ambassador Jeffrey Bleich speaks on Trump, disruptive technology, and the role of education in a changing economy

An edited transcript of the keynote address delivered by Jeffrey Bleich at Universities Australia’s higher education conference in Canberra on 1 March, 2017.

Labor's National Jobs and Skills Summit – March 17, 2017

On Friday 20 March, CCA Chair David Fuller and CEO Don Perlgut attended “Labor’s National Jobs and Skills Summit” in Canberra, with an introductory speech by the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten

SGS Economics Report on GDP by Major Capital City 2015-2016

CCA has reproduced a press release from SGS Economics because we believe that it gives the clearest indication yet that Australia’s “two stage economy” – Sydney/Melbourne, and all the rest – is a significant phenomenon that needs to be addressed urgently by policy makers. 

Australian VET in the age of Trump, by Don Perlgut, CEO, Community Colleges Australia

With the upcoming inauguration of Donald J. Trump as US President on January 20th, what “spill-over” impact will his presidency have on Australian vocational education and training (VET)?

The Malaysian Community College Experience, by David Fuller (Chair, Community Colleges Australia & CEO, WEA Illawarra)

During his recent visit to Malaysia David Fuller met with the community college sector representatives in Malaysia.  Community colleges in Malaysia are government-owned, run and operated, and there are currently 93 in operation.

Opening Address to the Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference, Sydney, by the Hon. John Barilaro, MP

Opening Address to the Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference, Sydney, by the Hon. John Barilaro, MP, NSW Minister for Skills (now Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business)

ACOSS Conference Report by Joneen Troup

Joneen Troup,  Manager, Camden Haven Community College, reports on the national conference of the Australian Council for Social Service (ACOSS), Sydney,  17-18 November 2016.

ACOSS National Conference Report by Ted Nabung

Ted Nabung, CEO Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Community College, attended the national conference of the Australian Council for Social Service (ACOSS), held in Sydney on 17-18 November 2016.

More at-risk young people are turning to private VET providers

New research shows that the most at-risk young people – including those who are homeless and have mental health issues – are increasingly being enrolled by private Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers to undertake their training.

Privatisation of vocational education isn’t working

Vocational training is crucial for both young Australians and the future of our economy, yet in recent years private providers who face little oversight or scrutiny have turned the sector upside down.

Report from Hobart – the ACPET Conference

In late August I attended the conference of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), the national peak body that represents the private for-profit vocational education and training (VET) registered training organisations (RTOs). Some 390 attendees travelled to cool Hobart, although I appeared to be the only person from the community education sector, along with a couple of not-for-profit organisation representatives. It was, thus, a strong representation from the private training sector, with a sprinkling of government policy makers and businesses that service the VET sectors.

VET FEE-HELP reforms will merely paper over the cracks of a system prone to abuse

Education Minister Simon Birmingham has foreshadowed further major changes to the troubled VET FEE-HELP loan scheme to rein in costs and tackle widespread abuse by unscrupulous providers.

But will these changes fix the problem? Or will they merely paper over the cracks of a system that is prone to abuse?

What do bank profits have to tell us about Australia’s private for-profit VET providers?

So what do Australia’s bank profits have to tell us about the weaknesses of Australia’s battered and messy vocational education and training (VET) sector?  As it turns out, a great deal.

What Australia can learn from England's plan for vocational education?

Gavin Moodie, Adjunct Professor, RMIT University, discusses the UK plan to reform English vocational education and its implications for Australia.

Vocational education still has an esteem problem: tweaking the system won’t solve that

"Vocational courses have traditionally been seen as of lower value and held in lower esteem than academic education." Liz Atkins, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK, discusses the issues around perceptions of vocational education and training.

Community education in vocational education and training: NCVER report shows that our numbers matter

A just-released report from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER), entitled VET Provider Market Structures: History, Growth and Change, provides up-to-date numbers on why community education still matters to Australia.

Re-inserting “community” into Australian Vocational Education and Training

Leading up to the federal election in July, Australian vocational education (VET) has entered the political debate. In the following article, CCA CEO, Dr Don Perlgut, argues that the most cost-effective VET policy initiative is to reinvigorate the community education providers and build on their capacity.

Reforming vocational education: it’s time to end the exploitation of vulnerable people

"Australia's vocational education sector is a mess" comments Mary Leahy, Academic at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, as she reviews the key issues facing the sector.

Privatisation of vocational education isn’t working

Serena Yu, Senior Research Analyst and Damian Oliver, Leading Research Analyst at the University of Sydney, look at how private providers who face little oversight or scrutiny have turned the vocational education and training sector upside down.