Student fees and charges in VET: The case for reform

Louise Watson

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

    Abstract

    Each State and Territory implements its own system of student fees and charges governing publicly funded VET courses. This paper compares the student charging policies in each jurisdiction and finds that the lack of transparency in student fees and charges masks issues that are likely to have an impact on student participation and industry demand for VET. These issues include: the poor level of information on course costs available to prospective students; the high real cost of some courses; and lack of consistency in charges for the same nominal course in different jurisdictions. The author argues for greater transparency in fees and charges policies across Australia but points out that improved transparency would expose the problems in the current system. The author argues that the best way to resolve these problems would be for State and Territory governments to move towards a consistent national system of student fees and charges in the VET sector.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication7th Australian VET Research Conference 'Learner and Practitioner - the Heart of the Matter'
    EditorsBarry Golding, Judy Potter
    Place of PublicationOnline
    PublisherAVETRA
    Pages1-11
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)1447-0527
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    Event7th Australian VET Research Conference, 'Learner and Practitioner - Heart of Matter' - Canberra, Australia
    Duration: 17 Mar 200419 Mar 2004

    Conference

    Conference7th Australian VET Research Conference, 'Learner and Practitioner - Heart of Matter'
    CountryAustralia
    CityCanberra
    Period17/03/0419/03/04

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    Watson, L. (2004). Student fees and charges in VET: The case for reform. In B. Golding, & J. Potter (Eds.), 7th Australian VET Research Conference 'Learner and Practitioner - the Heart of the Matter' (pp. 1-11). Online: AVETRA.
    Watson, Louise. / Student fees and charges in VET: The case for reform. 7th Australian VET Research Conference 'Learner and Practitioner - the Heart of the Matter'. editor / Barry Golding ; Judy Potter. Online : AVETRA, 2004. pp. 1-11
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    Watson, L 2004, Student fees and charges in VET: The case for reform. in B Golding & J Potter (eds), 7th Australian VET Research Conference 'Learner and Practitioner - the Heart of the Matter'. AVETRA, Online, pp. 1-11, 7th Australian VET Research Conference, 'Learner and Practitioner - Heart of Matter', Canberra, Australia, 17/03/04.

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