Proposed Cuts to VET Student Loans Scheme NOT Acceptable

The Arts Party calls on Senator Birmingham, the Federal Education Minister, to reconsider the proposed changes to the VET Student Loans scheme. They are far too restrictive and stifle creative opportunity for students everywhere. 

They will significantly affect student choice and hinder Australia’s ability to develop the cross-disciplinary workforce we need for the future.

PJ Collins, Leader of the Arts Party, said “It’s clear that the current system needs better checks and balances to stop fraudulent activity. But it should be done in a way that gives Australian students as much opportunity as possible in their study choices.“

“Having now seen the list of approved courses, the proposed model will reduce opportunity for Australian students across many disciplines, including the creative arts."

"Choosing which courses get support based purely on which disciplines are most in demand for employment today is not forward looking. It does not prepare the workforce or the country for tomorrow."

Collins continued, “We need to prepare a workforce for the jobs of the future - for the jobs that don’t even exist yet. Diversity of skills are essential to that preparation. Courses that develop communication, critical thinking and creativity are just as important as those that deliver technical skills. We need to recognise that fact and act on it, in the way we fund our education system." 

 The Arts Party ardently advocates for the inclusion of creative and artistic subjects as a core part of the innovation agenda and access to quality education for every Australian throughout their lives. Investing in Australians is the best way Australia can prepare for the future. The Arts Party will continue to lobby for these changes to occur and will continue to highlight poor proposals that do the opposite, such as this proposed system.  


Update:

The full list of creative courses now deemed ineligible for funding, as supplied by the Department of Education and Training, is published below.

  • Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
  • Diploma of Musical Theatre
  • Diploma of Live Production Design
  • Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Industry Work
  • Diploma of Ceramics
  • Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
  • Diploma of Floristry Design
  • Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design
  • Diploma of Broadcast Technology
  • Advanced Diploma of Performance
  • Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet
  • Diploma of Performing Arts
  • Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts
  • Diploma of Fashion Styling
  • Diploma of Screen Acting
  • Diploma of Screen Performance
  • Advanced Diploma of Acting
  • Diploma of Circus Arts
  • Diploma of Social Media Marketing
  • Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media
  • Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts
  • Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship for Creatives
  • Diploma of  Stage and Screen Performance
  • Diploma of Arts (Acting)
  • Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting)
  • Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting
  • Graduate Diploma of Elite Dance Instruction
  • Advanced Diploma of Stage and Screen Acting
  • Diploma of Visual Communication (Design Communication / Photo Communication)
  • Advanced Diploma of Visual Communication (Design Communication / Photo Communication)
  • Advanced Diploma of Music Theatre
  • Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup
  • Diploma of Styling (Fashion, Image and Media)
  • Advanced Diploma of Commercial Song and Dance Performance
  • Diploma of Journalism
  • Advanced Diploma of Art (Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance)
  • Advanced Diploma of Film, Television and Theatre Acting
  • Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting)
  • Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing
  • Advanced Diploma of Photography
  • Diploma of Theatre Arts
  • Diploma of Product Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Screen and Stage Acting
  • Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Advanced Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing)
  • Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing)
  • Diploma of Mass Communication
  • Advanced Diploma of Photography
  • Diploma of Performing Arts
  • Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts
  • Graduate Diploma of Photography
  • Diploma of Fashion Products and Markets
  • Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) (Commercial Dance)
  • Advanced Diploma of Animation

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