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Productivity Commission misses opportunity to shake up VET

This article was released in June 2021 in response to the Productivity Commission's Review of the National Agreement for Skills Workforce and Development.

New head for Mackenzie Research Institute

Victorian vocational sector pioneer Bruce Mackenzie is handing the reins of Mackenzie Research Institute (MRI) to Tom Karmel AM, who has been appointed Director of MRI from 1 March.

Labour Review of VET puts vital changes in too hard basket

This article was released in March 2021 in response to the Review into Vocational and Applied Learning Pathways in Senior Secondary Schooling by John Firth and the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Review by Jenny Macklin.

The pandemic, unemployment and a forgotten group of students

This article was published in the Pearls and Irritations Public Policy online Journal on 7 October 2020 and the TAFE Directors Australia newsletter on 12 October 2020.

Privatised VET, Coalition’s wage schemes no fix for Australia’s skills chasm

This article was published in the Michael West Media online Journal on 14 October 2020.

Hotel quarantine: poor quality training and another disaster

This article was published in The Age on 22 July 2020. It raises issues about the variability in terms of the volume of learning associated with Certificate II qualifications.

Prime Minister on VET. No industry policy sloganeering = no jobs

This article was published in the Michael West online newspaper on 30 May 2020.

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