Aggressive VET Marketing Continues – Tougher Measures Needed

Aggressive marketing techniques continue in the vocational education and training sector, providing further evidence that the Liberals’ panicked changes only tinker at the edges and are not stopping the crisis with VET FEE-HELP loans.


Some colleges continue to engage in aggressive email marketing methods in spite of new laws which, in 2016, will cap each college’s access to VET FEE-HELP loans at the amount they received in 2015.


Emails spruiking ‘study now, pay later’, ‘no deadlines, no times’, ‘no upfront costs’ and ‘study from anywhere you want’ are being distributed, despite the Government’s changes.


It is clear that the Liberals’ panicked changes will not fix the crisis.


Shonky colleges will still be able to rip students and taxpayers off next year for the same amount they ripped them off this year.


Labor has repeatedly called on the Abbott-Turnbull Government to put in place a Vocational Education and Training Ombudsman, ban or restrict the use of brokers to recruit students to courses funded by VET FEE-HELP, and cap tuition fees for VET courses eligible for VET FEE-HELP.


The Liberals must act to clean up the sector and protect vulnerable students.