When ASQA became the (national*) regulatory body for the vocational education and training (VET) sector on the 1st of July 2011, the VET sector was sold the vision of Australia moving towards a true national VET system. Fast forward four years to 2015 and it is pleasing to see that there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel.

The opportunities associated with the Australian VET sector are endless. With the slowing Australian mining industry, the right education policy reform could see education rise to be our largest and most successful industry over the next 10 years.
There are an increasing number of opportunities in the VET sector, including: 

  • Global international students wanting to experience our reputable, quality education system both here in Australia and offshore in their home countries.
  • The ongoing demand to meet the skilling needs of our own nation
  • The opportunity to compete with NZ, UK and the USA education providers to meet the skilling needs of our neighbours across the wider Asian-Pacific region. This in itself is a multi billion dollar opportunity.

Senator Simon Birmingham has worked hard at this important piece of education reform that will strengthen our current fragmented and disjointed sector. It is also really pleasing to see that the Australian Council of Private Education and Training is also playing an active role in campaigning and lobbying for the much needed reform that our sector is crying out for across the nation.

AuditExpress look forward to continuing our work with ACPET in seeing this much needed reform passed through parliament in this term of government.

You might like to take a look at the following Financial Review article that was recently published about Senator Birmingham’s work on this important reform:
http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/simon-birmingham-makes-progress-in-reforming-vocational-education-20150908-gjhxxp

We will leave you with this quote:

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” 

CHANGE