Australia’s economic prosperity is highly dependent on a skilled and educated workforce. Australia more than ever needs to be the clever nation to take advantage of the many future economic opportunities ahead of it.

The federal election provides the opportunity to secure a commitment from politicians across the political spectrum to commit to the continuing capability and reputation of the independent tertiary education sector in delivering training excellence for employers and students.

There has been considerable reform to Australia’s tertiary education system in recent years, while very welcome they are not enough if we are to reach our potential as a clever nation.

The Seven Priorities For A Skilled And Educated Workforce sets out a positive action blueprint for the next parliament - one backed by Australia’s independent tertiary education sector.

 

 


    That the Australian Government develop a five-year strategy to deliver an integrated tertiary education system, in which the higher education and vocational education and training sectors operate as one, yet retain their separate and distinct strengths and identities.

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    That the Australian Government places tertiary education red tape reduction on the agenda at National Cabinet to develop a strategy that delivers a convergence of regulatory and reporting obligations, eliminating duplicative, redundant and burdensome regulation and reporting at a state/territory and national level.

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    That the Australian Government expand the highly successful investment it has made, enabling students to study in a Commonwealth-subsidised place with a quality independent higher education provider and engage in the critical thinking and learning needs they choose.

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    That the Australian Government’s investment in skills be provided only to those jurisdictions that award funding on the basis of empowering student choice, allowing students to study with a provider (whether independent or public) that has a demonstrated ability to help them achieve their life and career goals.

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    That the National Skills Commissioner, working with states and territories, identify where an increase to skills funding is required by identifying the qualifications to be subsidised with the support for students (and made available to an RTO) reflecting the cost of achieving excellence in training outcomes.

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    That the Australian Government overhaul tertiary education student loans programs, creating a single lifelong learning account (incorporating FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans), enabling students to access income-contingent loans, without the existing Student Loan Tax, available from Certificate IV through to post-graduate level study in a seamless way, throughout their working lives.

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    That the Australian Government immediately put in place a plan to rebuild Australia’s capacity and reputation to support international students, backed by a new International Education Commission tasked with implementing the new Australian international education strategy.

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Students at the centre of this blueprint. The Seven Priorities For A Skilled And Educated Workforce allows students to study with the provider of their choice, whether it be a quality independent provider, a public TAFE or a university. Importantly, it allows students to benefit from government funding and loan programs without being penalised for this choice.

The blueprint also puts in place a new policy architecture to support the recovery in Australia’s independent tertiary education sector.

The Seven Priorities For A Skilled And Educated Workforce is a blueprint for guaranteeing quality training outcomes for students and employers based on student choice.

 


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