The VET Sector News- February 2020

February 16, 2020

Coronavirus travel ban sees Chinese students miss start of university, Australia’s tertiary education sector scrambling


More than 100,000 Chinese students will not be able to start their university and TAFE classes in Australia because of the travel ban put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.


On Saturday, the Federal Government banned anyone arriving from, or transiting through, mainland China from coming to Australia.


With most university classes due to start next week, the ban has thrown Australia's higher education sector into chaos. 


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SA Govt invests in vocational education and training


More young South Australians are in training and on the pathway to new jobs due in part to strong investment and reforms in South Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.


The latest data from the Productivity Commission’s annual Report on Government Services (ROGS) reports that the Marshall Liberal Government delivered the highest boost to skills training and funding in the nation in percentage terms in VET in 2018, boosted non-government training providers, and delivered improved employment outcomes for students.


Highlights for South Australia include:

  • An additional $54.3 million in State Government recurrent funding, or a 38.1 percent increase in 2018.

  • Non-government providers were supported by an additional $11 million or a 28 percent increase from 2017, the largest increase in the nation in percentage terms.

  • 5 percent of government funded VET graduates aged 20 to 64 improved their employment status after training in 2019 -above the national figure of 64.7 per cent.


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ACT has highest student participation and employment


The ACT has the highest participation in education across early childhood, tertiary, vocational and graduate training, according to the 2020 Report on Government Services, enabling Canberrans to secure good jobs and valuable skills.


“The ACT is the knowledge capital of the nation and these results show the ACT Government’s is successfully supporting Canberra students to reach their full potential,” said Chief Minister and Minister for Tertiary Education Andrew Barr.


Vocational education and training


“For the sixth year in a row, the ACT had the highest number of government-funded vocational education and training students participating in courses at Certificate III to Diploma level or above,” said Minister for Tertiary Education Andrew Barr.


“We also continue to have the nation’s highest number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students employed and/or undertaking further study after completing a course.


“The ACT Government remains committed to investing in high-quality vocational education and training programs.”


“We are investing in a new state-of-the art ICT campus to be built in Woden. CIT Woden will provide a modern, purpose built campus that’s expected to bring an extra 6,500 students to the Woden town centre each year to support local business and industry.”


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Report on Government Services 2020


The Australian, State and Territory governments’ recurrent expenditure (including user cost of capital) on VET totalled $6.0 billion in 2018 — a real decrease of 4.0 per cent from 2017.


Nationally in 2018:


  • an estimated 4.1 million students participated in total VET, and around 1.1 million students participated in government‑funded VET

  • there were 3830  registered VET training organisations delivering nationally recognised training in Australia. Around 1747 government funded VET providers delivered nationally recognised, locally developed and non-nationally recognised training, at 30 485 locations in Australia

  • around 722 200 qualifications were completed by total VET students aged 15—64 years — equivalent to 44.1 qualifications per 1000 people. Around 346 800 qualifications were completed by government-funded VET students aged 15—64 years — equivalent to 21.2 qualifications per 1000 people.


Nationally in 2019:


  • 88.6 per cent of all government-funded 2018 VET graduates were satisfied with the overall quality of their training

  • 67.0 percent of 20—64 year old total VET graduates from 2018 improved their employment status after training.


The VET system aims to deliver a productive and highly skilled workforce through enabling all working age Australians to develop and use the skills required to effectively participate in the labour market and contribute to Australia’s economic future. To achieve this, the Australian, State and Territory governments aim to create a national training system that:

  • is accessible to all working age Australians

  • meets the needs of students, employers and industries

  • is high quality.


Governments aim for a national training system that meets these objectives in an equitable and efficient manner.