Labor’s policies drove VET FEE-HELP cost blowouts, student exploitation: Auditor-General

A damning report from the Auditor-General handed down today has further highlighted the former Labor Government’s failures to understand the serious flaws in the design of its student loans scheme for vocational education that lead to billion dollar cost blowouts and unscrupulous training organisations preying on vulnerable students. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham…

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Uni entry transparency reforms to boost graduate quality

New data on university graduate outcomes and experiences released today is just one element of the Turnbull Government’s comprehensive higher education admissions transparency reforms that the Education Minister has detailed and says will “lift the quality of graduates going into the workforce”. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new Graduate Outcomes Survey…

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Correcting Labor’s lies on schools

Labor’s Education Spokesperson has this morning once again shown herself to be more focused on playing politics and scaremongering than engaging in constructive conversation about how we help our students and schools so we can help Australian students get the most out of their education. “It’s only the Federal Education Minister that’s saying that money…

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Plibersek’s politicking while student results stalling

As Australian families, educators and policymakers reflect on the recent national and international reports on our students’ literacy, numeracy and science skills and wonder why the conversation about schools cannot make progress, they need look no further than the pure politicking and opportunism on display today by the Labor Party.  The re-branding of Labor’s election…

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Plibersek full of contradictions on schools

After sitting on the sidelines for months since her appointment as Labor’s Education spokesperson, Tanya Plibersek has finally decided to insert herself into the national conversation about how to improve student outcomes and has embarrassingly contradicted herself in a series of interviews on key portfolio topics.   Just this morning the Shadow Education spokesperson lauded…

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Stronger vocational education system delivered

The Turnbull Government’s legislation to rebuild vocational education and training has passed the Parliament, delivering a system that students and taxpayers can trust and ending the rip-offs and rorts that plagued Labor’s failed VET FEE-HELP scheme. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new VET Student Loans program would begin from 1 January…

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