Government to reform student fee protection for the VET sector

The changes to the student fee protection arrangements are set out in the Education Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2019 that’s currently being debated in the Senate.

The reforms will see the fees of international students protected along with the fees of students accessing either the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans or selected higher education loan programs if passed.

New Chair appointed to Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)

Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sector has welcomed the appointment of Emeritus Professor Tracey Horton AO as Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). ITECA Chief Executive, Mr Troy Williams has stated that the independent tertiary education sector is looking forward to working with the new Chair and AISC to ensure that Australia’s vocational qualifications provide the skills that students and their employers are looking for.

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Shareholders of failed NZ training provider Intueri Education launch class action

Lawyer Adina Thorn says Intueri raised $177 million from many ordinary New Zealand and Australian shareholders.
A class action is being proposed to seek compensation for shareholders of the now-defunct Intueri Education Group. The class action claims Intueri’s shareholders were thus misled around the company’s asset Quantum Education Group’s enrolments and prospects.  More than 800 shareholders invested in the New Zealand and Australia stock exchanges listed company before it was put into liquidation over two years ago.

International Education and Training (IET) Partnership Fund applications closing soon in Queensland

Interested parties who are intending on forming a consortium partnership and applying have three weeks left to prepare and submit an application for IET funding. Projects targeting initiatives for the international education and training sector, specifically focused on talent and employability, industry partnerships, international engagement and student experience are being considered in this round by Study Queensland.

Former ex Labor Minister, John Dawkins fall from grace over his involvement with failed training college, Vocation

Former ex Labor Minister, John Dawkins fall from grace over his involvement with failed training college, Vocation
John Dawkins has paid the price for the part he played in the demise of Vocation. Vocation was the ASX listed company that owned several Registered Training Organisations including CSIA, BAWM Group and Avana. It’s fate was sealed when the Victorian Government suspended its funding contracts, something Dawkins and other directors failed to advise the companies investors about. Dawkins has subsequently been disqualified from holding directorships for two years and fined $25,000.