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Crackdown on sharp practice by private colleges

The Australian government has introduced stronger laws to protect students from being targeted by unscrupulous private training and education colleges.

Announcing the reforms on 1 January, federal vocational education and skills minister Luke Hartsuyker said they were designed to stop “predatory behaviours” by private colleges seeking to pressure students to sign up for VET FEE-HELP loans and over-priced bogus courses.

The move follows a Senate education committee inquiry in 2015 into the country’s Training and Further Education programme and the federal government’s $1.6 billion vocational training loan scheme.

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