Labor Calls For Action On ASQA Report Into Deceptive Marketing Practices

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Sharon Bird, Shadow Minister for Vocational Training, today welcomed the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) report into Marketing and advertising practices of Australia’s registered training organisations.

The report identified that almost half of Australia’s training colleges surveyed were in breach of deceptive marketing practices, collecting fees in advance in excess of permitted levels and enrolling students in superseded or obsolete courses.

“This issue has been raised with me a number of times when I was Parliamentary Secretary and Minister for Higher Education and Training and I welcome the release of the findings of the report,” Sharon Bird said.

“It is of serious concern that such a high percentage of colleges were identified as having problems with marketing and promotion practices.”

“While ASQA’s report indicates that a percentage of these breaches could be minor, the size of the problem means that these issues need serious attention and action in order for students and employers to be reassured about the quality of training provided and to have confidence in the industry,” Sharon Bird said.

“I urge the Government to seriously consider ASQA’s report and the recommendations contained within as soon as possible and I look forward to the Minister’s early response to this report,” Sharon Bird concluded.

TUESDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2013