The member of parliament who is likely to hold the single decisive vote on the Jobs-ready Graduates Package of fees and subsidies for universities says she “accepts” the views of the government on the future of regional universities and vocational education, both of which get support in the bill.
Providing more information and transparency on skills shortages will be critical to bolster confidence in both our skills and migration systems, at a time when we will see both historically high and rising unemployment, as well as pockets of skills shortages. These circumstances will be challenging for the community to reconcile.
In May, the National Skills Commission came to life as the anchor for reform in the training sector, though there’s a long way to go. The new commissioner has only just been formally appointed, and state-based TAFEs are highly protective. Steven Joyce, the New Zealand-based architect of vocational reform, has spent months pushing heads together.
Queensland school leavers and job seekers will benefit from increased access to free or low-fee skills training under a significant investment through the JobTrainer Agreement to be rolled out across Queensland.
The Victorian government’s corruption watchdog has charged four people with a range of offences as part of a corruption investigation involving the state vocational education and training and transport sectors.
An ASQA investigation into misrepresentation of vocational education training (VET) courses has led to a conviction and $10,000 fine for Qualify Me! Pty Ltd in the NSW Local Court.
The Australian Government has announced the appointment of Mr Adam Boyton as the National Skills Commissioner.
The state’s anti-corruption watchdog has charged four people with 55 offences following an investigation into an alleged rort involving dodgy TAFE qualifications and training within Victoria’s education and transport sectors.