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The week that was...

Monday, March 23 2015

The Higher Education reforms did not pass the Senate. Not a surprise, however it was certainly disappointing for the industry and students studying in non-University Higher Education Providers.

Because a new model for higher education funding is so necessary, more effort is required. It is time for us all to work together the find a solution to the current impasse that is creating uncertainty and risking the quality of Australia’s higher education system.

There are actually many areas of common ground. The reforms are too important to let wither on the vine.

The future of our sector and that of current and future students demands that we find a way.

I am very disappointed that the needs of students who choose to study with higher education providers were overlooked in the debate, and will continue to be disadvantaged.

ACPET has received a significant number of positive and congratulatory messages on our moves to improve quality and establish preferred supplier arrangements for Brokers.

While this is pleasing, we continue to see questionable VET marketing practices appearing in various forms of media. Our members are in the best place to discover practices that are less than ideal. If something is borderline, let the College in question know. I have personally called some colleges to discuss the approach used and to date they have responded positively.  However, it is essential that all providers review their practices now to ensure they comply with the new Code of Ethics and if there is any doubt - don’t do it. It is our responsibility as an industry to clean up our image.

The sector is under considerable scrutiny at the moment and I must say I was happy to see the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission is finally investigating some of these practices. This is a good, albeit belated, step.

The week was a big one for engagement.

ACPET hosted an election breakfast with the current NSW Minister for Education, the Honourable Adrian Piccoli. The Minister spoke of the direction of skills reform should the government be re-elected. The Smart and Skilled program received plenty of attention. The Minister committed to an independent review of the Program, to commence soon after forming government. There remains a lot of unrest and genuine confusion amongst providers regarding the implementation of the Program. There are still some fundamental questions to be answered in the Review.

We also met with the new Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills, the Honourable Yvette Darth.
The Minister discussed some of the priorities of her broad portfolio, and of the critical role skills and training plays in the lives of young people. The Minister is committed to improving the quality of vocational education and training. 

The Council of International Students Australia (CISA) would like to extend an invitation to students from ACPET institutions to join their team as CISA Ambassadors. CISA is inviting expressions of interest from international students studying at ELICOS, VET or private colleges. For further information please click here

Of course don’t forget the Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) Conference on 8 April 2015.

Another quick reminder of why we are here:

“My name is Adrianna Kolda and I am currently studying my diploma in hospitality majoring in patisserie at Academia International.
Without Academia International and government funding I would never have the skills that I have now, which recently landed me an amazing job opportunity at the Westin Melbourne as a commis pastry chef. Studying Academia has given me the knowledge and confidence that I need to have a successful career and without government funding I would never have gotten where I am in the first place. I believe that everyone deserves a chance to succeed and thanks to government funding so far.” 

Rod Camm
ACPET CEO


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