Terms of Reference

(a) the following matter be referred to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 10 August 2015:

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

(i) the access private VET providers have to Commonwealth and state public funding,

(ii) the cost of education at private VET providers,

(iii) the regulatory regime private VET providers operate within,

(iv) the operation of VET-FEE-HELP,

(v) the quality of education provided by private VET providers, volume of learning requirements and graduate outcomes,

(vi) marketing and promotional techniques employed by private VET providers and education brokers both domestic and international,

(vii) any incidents or allegations of non-compliance with regulation and funding arrangements at private VET providers,

(viii) political donations made by private VET providers,

(ix) international comparisons to the Australian funding and regulatory regime,

(x) the operation, regulation and funding of private VET providers specifically offering courses in aged care and early childhood education and their labour market outcomes, and

(xi) any related matters; and

(b) the committee will table interim reports to the Senate on 2 March 2015 and 15 June 2015.

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