Welcome Home Andy Lamont

Watch the video of this speech on my Facebook page. In March this year, I spoke in this chamber about Andy Lamont, an intrepid adventurer from my electorate of McPherson, on the Gold Coast. Andy Lamont is a 54-year-old husband, father and grandfather from the southern Gold Coast. A pest controller by trade he also…

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Consultation commences on revised ASQA fees and charges

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will this week commence consultation with the vocational education and training (VET) sector on a proposed schedule of revised fees and charges to come into effect from 1 January 2018. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the proposed fees and charges would provide an additional…

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New Commissioner joins the Australian Skills Quality Authority

Dr Irene Ioannakis, a highly regarded leader in education and training with over 30 years of experience, has been appointed a commissioner of the vocational education and training (VET) independent regulator.  Dr Ioannakis was today announced as a commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which is integral to ensuring the reputation and integrity…

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Next generation motor mechanics get green light in Logan

State-of-the-art workshops providing valuable training opportunities for students in Logan were officially opened today. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews opened the new facilities as part of the $2.4 million Logan Logistical Trades Skills Centre.  “These fantastic new facilities give students at Woodridge State High School, as well as Browns Plains State…

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‘Skilling Australia: Future Directions for VET’ – Committee for Economic Development in Australia

Good afternoon, and thank you for your welcome. Firstly, I want to recognise the efforts CEDA is making to examine, improve and promote vocational education and training in Australia. Your substantial reports and analysis on VET are a valuable contribution to the lively conversations taking place around our country about the priorities, direction and opportunities…

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Strengthening VET will support our rapidly changing economy

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, has outlined the crucial role of VET as Australia’s economy undergoes rapid change and technology alters the nature of work. “As the economy continues its structural adjustment due to the end of the mining boom, it is the VET sector that can provide the tools…

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New Prep Centre for King’s Christian College

Students and staff at King’s Christian College in the electorate of McPherson will have full use of a newly constructed Prep Centre which includes five classrooms, student and staff amenities, three storerooms and a veranda area thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government. The Hon Karen Andrews MP officially opened the new facility in Reedy…

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