Final Report

The operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training (VET) providers in Australia

15 October 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-301-9

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 19KB)
RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 14KB)
CHAPTER 1 (PDF 22KB)

Reference
Background
Entrenched allegations of exploitation and profiteering
Broader policy implications – higher education
The conduct of this inquiry
Acknowledgement

CHAPTER 2 - The role and funding of private VET providers (PDF 169KB)

Vocational education and training in Australia
The recent introduction of government funding for private providers
Good intentions: how VET FEE-HELP was introduced and operated
Are we getting what we are paying for? The consequences of contestability and VET FEE-HELP on the Commonwealth budget

CHAPTER 3 - Private Vocational Education: Business models, marketing practices and unethical practices (PDF 197KB)
Private Vocational Education: Business models, marketing practices and unethical practices
Unscrupulous marketing techniques employed by private providers
CHAPTER 4 - Education quality and graduate outcomes (PDF 124KB)

The sector's overall reputation
Volume of learning and assessment concerns
The worth of qualifications
Particular issues in the Early Childhood and Aged Care sectors

CHAPTER 5 - Regulation (PDF 115KB)

The regulatory framework
Recent reforms and the New Standards
The role of the Australian Skills Quality Authority
Need for greater clarity and consistency of standards
Changes to the operation of VET FEE-HELP
Ombudsman

Coalition Senators' Minority Report (PDF 67KB)

Introduction
Government Response
Labor’s Failures in the VET sector
Coalition Government Reforms to strengthen VET and VET FEE-HELP
Student and Employer Choice in Training
Conclusion

Australian Greens' Additional Comments (PDF 26KB)
APPENDIX 1 - Submissions received (PDF 19KB)
APPENDIX 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 12KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Education and Employment Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706
eec.sen@aph.gov.au