New ASQA Commissioner and Deputy Chief Commissioner

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews has today announced the appointment of a new Commissioner to the independent vocational education and training (VET) regulator.  Ms Saxon Rice, a respected leader with experience in VET, government and management, has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).…

New apprentices to benefit from intensive support

Over 40,000 apprentices in industries undergoing structural change are set to benefit from intensive support in their first two years of training Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews announced the commencement of the program at Gold Coast tourism icon Sea World, alongside ambitious apprentices who is developing their skills and contributing to…

Local Drug Action Team applications open for community groups on southern Gold Coast

  The Hon. Karen Andrews MP  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson  The Hon. Greg Hunt MP  Minister for Health  MEDIA RELEASE  18 January 2018  Local Drug Action Team applications open for community groups on southern Gold Coast  The Turnbull Government is continuing to take action to combat the scourge of ice and other illicit drugs with…

NVETR Act review extension

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today announced a short extension for the review into the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act). Minister Andrews said, due to a health issue, Professor Valerie Braithwaite is being granted an additional period of time to complete the review of the legislative…

Review confirms success of VET Student Loans

The Turnbull Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) program is well targeted and has addressed the flaws that existed under the former VET FEE-HELP scheme, a review into the methodology for determining the approved courses and loan caps has confirmed. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today responded to the findings of a…