The Australian Government’s VET Student Loans program – which replaced the much-abused and scandal-prone VET FEE-HELP loan program in January 2017 – continues to discriminate against the not-for-profit community education providers of vocational education and training (VET). Program design faults of the former VET FEE-HELP program...Read more
Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) policy discussion space has just become a lot more intense with the announcement by the Federal Australian Labor Party of a national inquiry. On 23 February, Deputy ALP Leader (and Shadow Education Minister) Tanya Plibersek announced a “shake up of TAFE and uni”, stating that “Labor wants...Read more
Byron Community College, located in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, has played an instrumental role in developing the new Mullumbimby Innovation Hub. Following the unexpected December 2017 closure by Nortec of the CLIC Business Village – co-located on Byron Council land with Byron Community College – the College has worked rapidly, Read more
Community Colleges Australia has forged new connections with two leading Southern California community colleges. Following meetings with the Presidents of Los Angeles City College and San Diego City College, Community Colleges Australia (CCA) CEO Dr Don Perlgut said, “CCA looks forward to expanding the reach and international connections between Australian community education providers – often called...Read more
Youth Action, Mission Australia and Uniting have produced a report highlighting the real and ongoing dilemmas faced by young people in accessing Vocational Education and Training (VET), especially for those experiencing disadvantage.
A new report from Community Colleges Australia (CCA) highlights how NSW community education providers contribute to the state’s regional and rural economic development. The report concludes that the not-for-profit community education sector constitutes a major economic development resource that has been under-utilised by state, Commonwealth and local governments. “CCA’s report has been produced to ensure that...Read more