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Call for crackdown on commercial cheating services for students

Anna Patty, Reporter —10 January 2022

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Online academic cheating services that offer to do assignments for less than $100 are targeting international students in Australia doing vocational courses at private colleges, including those that don’t require class attendance.

The peak body representing independent higher education providers is urging the federal government to extend legislation that outlaws the provision, or advertising, of academic cheating services, to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

The law, introduced in 2020, provides criminal and civil penalties of up to two years’ jail and fines of up to $100,000 where a cheating service or advertising is for a commercial purpose in the universities and higher education sector.

“The initiative of the Australian government to regulate against cheating services in the higher education sector was welcomed by ITECA, and this is something that we have asked the Australian government to extend to the vocational education and training sector,” said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.

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