Australian Chamber welcomes VET FEE-HELP remedy for students

20 Sep 2018 |

Australia’s largest and most representative business network, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, today welcomes the announcement by the Government to further assist those students who still have inappropriately incurred VET FEE-HELP debts.

“We are pleased that the Government has taken additional steps to address inappropriately incurred VET FEE-HELP debt, with proposed legislation which will provide much-needed relief to those Vocational Education and Training (VET) students still impacted by the now-defunct program,” Australian Chamber CEO, James Pearson said.

“We need to focus on the future and rebuild trust in the VET sector, by promoting the benefits of vocational education to the school leavers and career-changers of today and tomorrow.

“Most courses in Vocational Education have very positive long-term job and salary outcomes, but increasingly we see parents and students favouring university education, even though job outcomes in that sector can be mixed.

“Higher Education and VET are of equal importance to business, and those seeking to study and build a career need to look at the jobs they aspire to do, and what courses are most likely to deliver them the best job outcomes.

“There needs to be a stronger focus by federal, state and territory governments, working closely with stakeholders, to improve the status and appeal of Vocational Education and Training. Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction.

“The Australian Chamber and our members look forward to working with the Federal Minister for Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Cash, and her state and territory counterparts, to make VET a more attractive option for people wanting to be well prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Duncan Bremner

Director - Public Affairs and Advocacy

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