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Participation in Tertiary Education in Australia

24-May-2016

Participation in Tertiary Education in Australia, a report authored by Professor Peter Noonan and released by the Mitchell Institute, highlights the need for measures to improve quality and confidence in vocational education and training, to enable young people to make more informed choices about their post-school educational pathways.

In his report Professor Noonan concludes that,

" Young Australians need to be well equipped to participate in the workforce of the future ..., a workforce in which tertiary education in some form will be a pre-requisite for successful participation and where demands for new skills and knowledge will be all pervasive and unrelenting."

"Most importantly it is the quality and relevance of Australian tertiary education that will underpin outcomes for both individual students, the economy and society more generally."

" - young people without high quality and relevant post school qualifications will be seriously disadvantaged in the labour market ... what we need to continually reinforce is that the labour market of the future will be tough, competitive and challenging as well as exciting, and that skills, capabilities, persistence with and appetite for further learning will determine their success, not just in work but in life generally."

"Governments must take a longer term view about the level of investment required to sustain and improve participation in tertiary education, including the balance between public and private investment."

 

Noonan, P. (2016). Participation in Tertiary Education in Australia: Policy imperatives and scenarios, Mitchell Institute policy paper No 02/2016. Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, Melbourne. Available from: www.mitchellinstitute.org.au