- Note the
concerns raised by a number of submitters that much of the detail will be
effected through the VET Guidelines and is therefore not available for
examination or assessment; and supports the Committee’s recommendation that the
Government continues to consult with stakeholders in formulating the VET
Guidelines provided for in the bill.
- Note the
concerns raised by TAFE Directors Australia and RMIT University that VET
students currently do not have equitable access to FEE HELP loans.
- Agree with
the NTEU’s submission that 'it is an abrogation of the Government's
responsibilities to rely on the provision of [income-contingent loans] as the
primary policy instrument for improving education participation amongst
underrepresented groups of Australians'.
goal of a fee and charges free TAFE system, where income contingent loans are
unnecessary and the Commonwealth government increases its contribution to the
costs of a high quality accessible system.
support the shifting of costs for vocational education and training on to the
student via TAFE student fees, which in turn necessitate students raising debts
to participate in VET through the VET-FEE HELP system. For this reason any
extension of the VET-FEE HELP scheme is noted with concern as pre-empting
higher student fees.
- Call on the
Government to prioritise and increase its VET funding to the TAFE system to
ensure a high quality, accessible and viable public VET system.
Senator Lee Rhiannon
Greens Senator for NSW
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