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Data Shows Why Government Skills Funding Priorities Are Misplaced

Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia 2 mins read

As the Australian, state, and territory governments approach a five-year skills funding agreement, recent data on student completion rates highlight the need for a significant reassessment of government funding priorities in this area. This view is held by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), which represents independent providers in the skills training, higher education, and international education sectors.

"Governments seem increasingly inclined to restrict students' choices by funding only public TAFE colleges.  However, the data indicates that independent training providers often yield better results for both students and taxpayers," remarked Troy Williams, Chief Executive of ITECA.

This perspective is based on the latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER). The NCVER statistics show that, across all qualification levels, private RTOs have completion rates up to 17% higher than public TAFE colleges for government-funded students.

 

Qualification Level

TAFE

Private RTO

 

Certificate I completion rate

22.5%

38.5%

 

Certificate II completion rate

33.8%

50.8%

 

Certificate III completion rate

51.9%

57.9%

 

Certificate IV completion rate

44.2%

51.9%

 

Diploma (And Above) completion rate

51.9%

53.3%

 

Total

43.0%

54.2%

“The NCVER also data reveals that private RTOs consistently achieve higher levels of student satisfaction across several key metrics,” Mr Williams said.

 

Satisfaction Metric:

TAFE

Private RTO

 

Achieved main reason for doing the training

85.7%

88.7%

 

Satisfied with support services

77.5%

81.5%

 

Satisfied with teaching

87.2%

88.9%

 

Satisfied with the facilities

84.2%

85.0%

 

Satisfied with the learning resources

81.6%

85.4%

 

Satisfied with the training overall

88.9%

90.7%

According to ITECA, the data shows why government policy that only gives students the option to study with public TAFE colleges is misplaced, as the NCVER data shows this rarely delivers the best outcomes for students and taxpayers.

“Currently, there is a significant push to by government put 'TAFE at the heart' of the skills training system, which many independent RTOs are pushing back against.  Instead, ITECA firmly believes in putting students at the heart of the system, where their freedom to choose their preferred training provider is backed by the government,” Mr Williams said.

Ends.


Key Facts:

The latest NCVER statistics show that, across all qualification levels, private RTOs have completion rates up to 17% higher than public TAFE colleges for government-funded students.

The NCVER also data reveals that private RTOs consistently achieve higher levels of student satisfaction across several key metrics.


About us:

ITECA Introduction:  Formed in 1992, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) is the peak body representing independent providers in the skills training, higher education, and international education sector.  Independent RTOs support 89% of the 4.5 million students in skills training and around 10% of the students in a higher education awards program.


Contact details:

Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive
m: 0400 599 934     t: 1300 421 018
e: troy.williams@iteca.edu.au

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