ACCC Actions Welcomed

Sharon Bird today welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) announcement that it has launched its first prosecution of a vocational education training provider.


The ACCC announced today that they have instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Unique International College Pty Ltd (Unique).


Labor has been calling for public action by regulators to send a strong message to the sector after our ongoing concerns about shonky operators for almost two years.  We have called for an investigation by the Auditor General, we have asked for an education campaign by the ACCC, we have spoken to Ministers and their Departments about a number of issues over this time.  There has also been one House of Representatives Inquiry report and two Senate Inquiry reports which heard of numerous abuses in the system. 


To date, the Abbott-Turnbull Liberal Government has done very little that has actually stopped the problem or sent a clear message to the sector.  Indeed, we have seen the same old problems emerge since the introduction of the new National Standards in April.


Whilst not pre-empting the outcome of any legal proceedings, Labor supports strong action by the ACCC that will help to deter any shonks and sharks from entering or continuing to operate in the market. 


Students must be able to have confidence that they are receiving good quality training to provide them with the skills they need for the workforces of the future. Shonks and sharks should not be taking advantage of people’s hopes and dreams to chase a quick buck.


Labor supports the ACCC taking strong action to uphold the integrity and reputation of our vocational education and training sector.