Today’s reports on the ABC that child care centres have started unofficial “blacklists” of training providers they will not use because of poor quality training are concerning. They reinforce the need to ensure that Abbott Government proposals to cut red tape and regulation do not undermine the quality of training in Australia.
“Minister Macfarlane has previously made comments about the Abbott Government’s plans to significantly cut what he calls ‘red tape’. This must not be at the expense of quality training, particularly in key growth sectors like child care and aged care where quality and standards in caring for the young and elderly are extremely important,” Sharon Bird said.
“…we’re looking at a more streamlined approach with a self-regulation perspective. There’s far too much regulation in the system.”
Ian Macfarlane, The Australian, 19 February 2014
Reports today suggest that students have spent up to $4,500 on poor quality courses which leave them unsuitable for employment.
“Training is a start on a pathway to future employment and it is imperative that students and employers can have confidence in the training that is being provided. It is critical for the training sector that the system is well regulated and well regarded.
“This is in everyone’s interests. The Australian Skills Quality Authority has been doing great work and they need to be supported to continue to do this into the future,” Sharon Bird said.
The Minister has yet to respond to previous ASQA reports regarding unscrupulous marketing practices, and reports into the construction and aged care training industry. ASQA are currently working on a report into the child care sector.
“Employers need to have confidence that the training their staff receive is of a high standard and produces graduates that are work-ready and able to operate safely in their chosen industry.
“The Minister cannot take his eye off the ball on the quality of training providers. Any attempt to water down regulation while there are numerous reports about dubious marketing practices and poor quality training would be a disaster.”
WEDNESDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014