Redesigning VET FEE-HELP: discussion paper


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Australia. Department of Education and Training


The VET FEE-HELP scheme commenced in 2009, and provides income contingent loans to students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications. Its original intent was to remove financial barriers to study and to encourage students to pursue pathways to further or higher skilled qualifications in the higher education sector. In 2012 the then Australian Government removed the requirement for a link to higher education in an effort to open up state and territory training markets. Whilst this has led to benefits including competition and agility to respond to...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Finance; Skills and knowledge; Providers of education and training; Governance; Research

Keywords: Education and training reform; Education and training system; Educational finance; Consultation; Fees; Financial aid

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: [Canberra, Australian Capital Territory]: Australian Government, 2016

Physical description: 53 p.

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Related items: TD/TNC 125.730

ISBN: 9781760287115 (PDF); 9781760287122 (Word)

A response to this paper from the Mitchell Institute is indexed in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 125.730.

Resource type: Government report or paper

Rights: With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the Department's logo, any material protected by a trade mark and where otherwise noted all material presented in this document is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Document number: TD/TNC 124.419

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