Month: September 2019

The risks and rewards of Vocational Education: When is it a good alternative to Higher Education?

The Grattan Institute recently published a report which examined the circumstances in which VET studies are a good, or maybe even better, alternative than higher education. Here’s what the report found and where there are advantages in VET study, particularly those with lower ATAR scores. But it’s a mixed bag. The context Over the past …

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Live, learn, stay: South Australia’s international education plan

Like in many other states, international education is a vital part of the South Australian economy. A new plan for that state entitled: “International education 2030 Live, learn stay” has just been released. International education’s contribution in South Australia In the SA Minister for Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment’s foreword to the new plan …

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Strategy for tertiary education in rural, regional and remote Australia released

August saw the release of the National Regional, Rural and Remote Tertiary Education Strategy. The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP chaired the expert advisory group that led the review. It made seven key recommendations. The strategy The strategy is the result of the federal government’s response to the Halsey Review of regional, rural and remote …

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Mackenzie Research Institute launched

A new VET research institute based at Holmesglen Institute’s Chadstone Campus in Melbourne was launched on 8th August. The Mackenzie research institute, named after Holmesglen’s former longstanding CEO Bruce Mackenzie, aims to “provide an evidence-based rationale for the reform of tertiary education in Australia” and promote “discussion and debate” about VET policy and practice. It …

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A better vision of VET?

In early 2019 a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting was held in Cairns. The communique from that meeting covers a lot of ground, but this time it had a bit to say about VET and a ‘vision’ of its role in skills development in Australia. The COAG communique The communique envisions Australia’s VET system …

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Expert VET review panel established

The Australian Government has established an expert advisory panel to “provide independent strategic advice to the Government on key reforms flowing from the Joyce Review ‘Expert Review of Australia’s VET System’, released in April 2019.” VDC News highlighted the Joyce review in an April article this year in the lead up to the last federal …

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