The Senate Education and Employment References Committee will convene tomorrow in Sydney to hold hearings into the operation, regulation and funding of the private vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The committee will hear evidence from:

  • The Australian Institute of Professional Education (AIPE)

  • Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

  • Redfern Legal Centre

  • Overseas Student Ombudsman

  • Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

  • Australian Skills Quality Authority

  • Department of Education and Training

  • Australian Education Union

Australians have seen regular, persistent and disturbing media reports in recent months of shady marketing and recruitment practices, with some providers targeting  vulnerable people and signing them up to training courses that may be of poor quality and inappropriate to their needs. 

The Senate takes these reports very seriously. Reputation and standards mean everything in education and any allegation of unscrupulous behaviour must be investigated and acted on.

Every Australian deserves to have good quality training to prepare them for work.

Labor has already been successful in using the evidence provided to the committee to get the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to act and update its website to include consumer advice on VET enrolment.


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