Update on international student visa arrangements for Australia

Update on international student visa arrangements for Australia

The Morrison Government is making a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.  

Federal government expands apprentice and trainee wage subsidy

Federal government expands apprentice and trainee wage subsidy

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a $2.5 billion JobTrainer skills program to increase access to upskilling and training in the post-COVID workplace, while also expanding the scope of the original apprenticeship subsidy to small and medium businesses with under 200 employees.
Read more here:  https://www.mybusiness.com.au/finance/7177-apprenticeship-program-extended-to-smes-with-1-5bn-boost?utm_source=MyBusiness&utm_campaign=20_07_20&utm_medium=email&utm_content=7&utm_emailID=f216ce3d5b350e4191a55cbfb8379673a53dfcc989cdb85c66bf431fdc4e8268 

TAFE NSW to offer school and VET subjects in new pathway programs

TAFE NSW to offer school and VET subjects in new pathway programs

TAFE NSW managing director Steffen Faurby has revealed his plan to introduce new pathways to lead students through courses that will combine VET with subjects taught at school and university.  The plan is currently being discussed with universities and businessman David Gonski who is conducting a government review into the state’s vocational education and training sector.

TAFE’s future in VET in Australia

TAFE's future in VET in Australia
For vocational education to become a “first best option” in Australia’s tertiary education, policy needs to move the two key sectors closer to some semblance of parity. Whilst the enrolment patterns and government investment in the two sectors differ, the two key public institutions – universities and TAFE – are foundational to the trust and confidence placed in Australian tertiary education. Effective and fair policy and funding are a significant element in sustaining the esteem of Australian tertiary education.

JobTrainer scheme announced to reskill workers impacted by COVID-19

The Morrison government will boost investment in skills and training to the tune of $2bn if the states and territories sign up to an overhaul of the vocational education and training sector that would create a consistent funding model and improve transparency.  

Read more here:  https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/16/coalition-to-commit-2bn-for-training-if-states-agree-to-overhaul-of-vocational-education