Category: ASQA National News

Fatigue ends life of training provider Vocation

Vocation imploded last year after a damning government audit stripped it of funds. The tin can could have been ­rattled longer — for another six months by some estimates. But in the end it wasn’t just a lack of capital that ended the Icarian life of Vocation, one of Australia’s first listed private training providers; there was also fatigue.

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Vocation goes into voluntary administration

Troubled education provider Vocation has entered voluntary administration, announcing “with great regret” the board has been unable to secure funding to keep it alive.

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Australian Careers Network’s Phoenix Institute loses registrations

Australian Careers Network’s troublesome college the Phoenix Institute has been stripped of its registrations by federal regulators.

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Six of 10 top private college groups under a cloud

Six of the top 10 organisations running Australian private colleges — which together received more than $620 million in government-funded student loans last year — are under regulatory scrutiny or have been accused of questionable quality or marketing practices.

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ASQA continues to apply strong compliance requirements

Several RTOs have had to improve their VET FEE HELP and other systems and one RTO has had their registration cancelled. If in doubt, contact the authority for your State.

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Vulnerable People being exploited by unethical RTOs

The shameful action of far too many RTOs continues. Not only are People with Disabilities being exploited, but it appears those who ask questions about unethical practices are subject to not too subtle threats.

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ASQA Update: Sept 2015

Message from ASQA’s Chief Commissioner: Like other government departments and statutory authorities, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is currently finalising its annual report, which will be tabled in Parliament soon. However, I wanted to share with you some key statistics about ASQA’s regulatory activity between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015.

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GEM Applauds ASQA for Continued Quality Control

GEM College applauds the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s continued resolution to ensure quality in the Australian VET sector. On 5th August, the registration of two Melbourne based RTOs was suspended.

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Unacceptable Performance by RTOs

“The Australian” reports that just a fraction of students who studied at two of Australia’s largest training providers have graduated with qualifications, with many ending up with debts nearly double the average of the federal government’s VET Fee-Help scheme.

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