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Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill

Introduced on Aug 26, the bill implements the govt’s decisions around polytechs and industry training organisations, bringing the 16 regional polytechs together under one organisation and replacing the ITOs with workforce development councils. First reading on Aug 29 with National and ACT opposed mainly on the grounds of the loss of regional autonomy. The bill was referred to the Education and Workforce Committee. Reported back on Dec 23 with National opposing. A large number of amendments are recommended by the majority. Second reading on Feb 13 with National strongly opposed and warning the changes would cause many problems including financial issues. Committee stage completed on Feb 18 and third reading Feb 19 with National and ACT opposed. Govt MPs rejected arguments about the loss of autonomy. Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill