Statement from the Hon Karen Andrews MP

I am honoured to be appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government. I look forward to serving the Prime Minister and Liberal Leader, the Hon Scott Morrison and Liberal Deputy Leader, the Hon Josh Frydenberg. This appointment means I am the first female federal Cabinet Minister from…

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New Liberal Leadership Team

Congratulations to our new leadership team—Prime Minister and Liberal Leader, Scott Morrison and Liberal Deputy Leader, Josh Frydenberg—who will be a powerful team in uniting the party and leading us to the next election. I am confident they will be a great team and be able to demonstrate to the Australian public the right policies…

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Successful tuition protection program to expand

•        The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) for international students will be expanded to protect VET Student Loans and non-university higher education (NUHEP) FEE-HELP students. •        The new tuition assurance arrangements will begin on 1 January 2019.•        Providers will pay levies to fund tuition assurance arrangements as required.  The…

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Getting set for a global future with a VET pathway

Delivering skills for a global future is the topic on everyone’s lips at the 27th National Vocational Education and Training Research (“No Frills”) Conference underway in Sydney. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, addressed the annual conference of researchers and practitioners in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. “Australia’s VET sector…

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A more sustainable higher education system

The Turnbull Government’s plan for a more sustainable higher education student loans scheme has passed the Parliament, ensuring future generations have access to study opportunities at Australia’s world-class institutions.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, welcomed the plan and said it ensured Australia’s higher education loan system was accessible and sustainable.  “The…

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VET Student Loan provider applications open for Round 3

High-quality training providers that wish to be involved in the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) program are invited to apply for the third formal application round which is now open.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the VSL program, with its stronger focus on quality, was helping restore the integrity…

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Completion rates significantly higher under VET Student Loans

The VET Student Loans (VSL) program continues to deliver improved outcomes, with a significantly higher percentage of students successfully completing units of study under VSL than the failed VET FEE HELP (VFH) scheme. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the VET Student Loans six monthly report for 1 January 2018 to 30…

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Completion rates in VET on the rise

The increasing percentage of students expected to complete their Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications shows the sector is going from strength to strength.  New figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) predict a 5.2 per cent increase in completion rates for those who commenced a Certificate I or above in 2016.…

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