There are many lessons to be learned from this week's (20 December 2016) release of the Australian National Audit Office report Administration of the VET FEE-HELP Scheme, but here's the biggest takeaway: A free-for-all Australian VET market is wrong. From the Report (paragraph 27): "Course tuition fees increased from an average of $4,060...Read more
Australia's lack of a national VET policy means that community education will continue to lose out. The recent VET FEE-HELP reforms and replacement with VET Student Loans, while welcome, are not enough. Dr Don Perlgut, CEO of Community Colleges Australia, reports below. “Contestability” in VET - A disaster for community education History has not been kind to...Read more
Murwillumbah Community College has won the overall honours prize and two of the category prizes at the fourth annual Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards. Out of 30+ organisations nominated last week at the Tweed Shire Community Awards, Murwillumbah Community College won the following:Read more
- the Faye Druett award for Advocacy
- the Community Award
- the Tweed Shire...
Students who have studied VET courses with community education providers have rated their experience very highly, according to the latest data released from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER). The NCVER Report, entitled Total VET Graduate Outcomes 2016, surveyed 4,049 community education students, and found:Read more
- Community education providers topped all categories...
Community Colleges Australia (CCA) has provided a submission to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training on the new VET Student Loans program. This program was passed at the last day of 2016 Parliamentary sitting – Thursday 1 December – and is due to go into effect on 1 January 2017, one...Read more
The Hon. John Barilaro MP, NSW Minister for Skills (now Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business) gave the Opening Address at the CCA Annual Conference on 19 October 2016. CCA has now uploaded the audio and the transcript of the Minister’s speech. The following...Read more