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Skilling Australians Fund

Skilling Australians Fund

Effective skills formation is essential to our national economic and social wellbeing. It will be the difference between whether as a nation we prosper or decline.
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New VET Student Loans don't solve the problems with income contingent loans

New VET Student Loans don't solve the problems with income contingent loans

In December 2016, the notorious VET FEE-HELP scheme was replaced with a new scheme – VET Student Loans. The Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, claimed the new scheme would “secure the future and reputation of Australia’s high quality vocational education and training system.”
Apprenticeships and TAFE: worth fighting for

Apprenticeships and TAFE: worth fighting for

Apprenticeships are again the flavour of the month, as they tend to be every once in a while. It seems it’s easier to talk about these things than actually do anything about them, isn’t it?
The future for TAFE in Australia

The future for TAFE in Australia

Australian vocational education is beset by several big problems that have accumulated and enlarged over decades.
Brendan's story

Brendan's story

Growing up in the foster care system led Brendan Murray down a rocky education and employment path for many years. He knows first-hand the value of being a second chance learner and strongly advocates TAFE as a place of opportunity for all ages.
Women, work and poor pay

Women, work and poor pay

At the recent Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) Conference, Professor Erica Smith posed the question: Do women have to be Rosie the Riveter to get access to training? Rosie the Riveter appeared in an iconic 1940’s propaganda poster, representing women who worked in US factories and shipyards, while the male workforce served in World War II. Rosie has since become a feminist icon, denoting women’s strength, independence and capacity to break down barriers.