VET funding: the more things change the more they stay complicated

With a new national funding model imminent Gerald Burke sets out what went before

The learned  VET policy expert, now a Monash U adjunct, details 50 years of policy in a new paper for the estimable National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Professor Burke makes coherent a compendium of complexity as he sets out policies past and ways they were funded, including states and territories spending, a matter which the National Skills Commission is expected to imminently advise on.

“There have been several national reports including examples of large and seemingly inexplicable differences among states in the levels of subsidy and policies on fees. It can be hoped that real action will be taken in response to the work of the National Skills Commission,” he writes.

Just because it hasn’t happened until now does not mean it can’t.