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The discussion paper Where to from here? Why Australia needs a broader tertiary framework argues university colleges could be a key mechanism to strengthen and enhance the reputation of the Vocational and Educational Training (VET) sector.

Since raising the school-leaving age in 2010, more students now complete Year 12 than ever before. Approximately 50 per cent of students enrol in universities, and for the remainder, the choices made and the outcomes can be mediocre.

The primary destination for many non-university entrants is into temporary, part-time and poor quality employment. For those who elect to enter the VET sector, a significant proportion of Year 12 non-completers go into Certificate IV and above and a large proportion of completers go into Certificates I to III.

The Australian Government’s reforms, in relation to university colleges, can be a key mechanism to strengthen and enhance the reputation of VET and produce positive outcomes and pathways for secondary students. University colleges can become powerful new and different 21st century tertiary institutions.

Discussion paper
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Date
February 2020

Author 
Bruce Mackenzie Mackenzie Research Institute
Co-contributor
Karen King
Holmesglen Institute

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