A former South West TAFE executive is alleged to have helped a friend scam $1.8 million from taxpayers

An Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) inquiry heard Maurice Molan, a former TAFE employee, was involved in an alleged scam in which funds were suspected to have been siphoned to members of a Daylesford family. More: http://www.standard.net.au/story/4760016/hearing-told-of-alleged-south-west-tafe-cash-rort/?cs=72

Aus: 2016 breaks records for int’l student numbers, satisfaction

The number of international students studying in Australia grew by more than 10% to reach a record high of 554,179 last year, according to new statistics from the Department of Education and Trade. Meanwhile, the latest international student satisfaction survey showed nine in 10 students were pleased with their study experience in Australia. More here; Aus: […]

Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for hospitality, retail and fast food workers, the Fair Work Commission has ruled.

  Read more here; http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-23/weekend-penalty-rates-fair-work-commission-decision/8295758

Powerball win: Department of Education workers share in $55m

The Queensland Department of Education could be on the lookout for new staff soon after 21 members of a 35-strong departmental team shared in a $55 million Powerball jackpot…… More here; http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/powerball-win-department-of-education-workers-share-in-55m-20170106-gtmwew.html   Congratulations to them…….

Bakers Delight faces legal challenge over wages….

Bakers Delight workers, some on $8 an hour, are being kept on an outdated contract from the unpopular WorkChoices era that drastically reduces weekend penalty rates.   More here; http://www.theage.com.au/business/workplace-relations/bakers-delight-faces-legal-challenge-over-wages-20161230-gtjv3z.html

A Sydney beauty college run by a prominent political donor and Order of Australia medal recipient has gone into administration, leaving hundreds of students in the dark and up to 80 staff rocked by dismissal letters on the day before Christmas Eve.

In 2014, a NSW police investigation was launched into allegations hundreds of “phantom students” were enrolled in courses they never completed.   Read more here; http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/hundreds-of-students-left-in-limbo-after-australasian-college-broadway-goes-into-administration-20161228-gtiorj.html    

Government loses $2.2 billion in student loans to dodgy training providers…..

The Federal Government is unlikely to recoup $2.2 billion paid to shonky vocational training providers, according to a new report from the National Audit Office. The money was loaned as part of the VET FEE-HELP scheme that will be scrapped at the end of this year. Under the scheme, the Department of Education paid tuition […]

Vocational education a debacle waiting to happen…..

The uncontrolled boom in vocational education between 2013 and 2015 saw one college grow from receiving $5300 in government subsidies in one year to $5.5 million the next – a 104,000 per cent increase.   Read more; http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/vocational-education-a-debacle-waiting-to-happen-20161220-gtexyf  

Backpacker tax changes: what does it all mean for working holiday makers and the farmers who employ them?

The political fight over the backpacker tax might be over, but the confusion continues for many farmers and working holiday makers about how the new rules apply to them. New income tax rates start in the middle of this financial year, and there are changes to backpackers’ superannuation taxes too. ABC Rural has asked the […]

Fruit supplier to Coles and Woolworths using illegal foreign workers…

An undercover investigation has exposed the exploitation of illegal migrant workers on farms supplying Coles and Woolworths, as a Federal Government adviser called for reforms to stop the “systemic” abuse of foreign labour.   More here; http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-15/fruit-supplier-to-coles-woolworths-using-illegal-foreign-workers/8023570