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Aus: ACPET to survey private tertiary sector

Australia’s peak body for private tertiary providers, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), is undertaking a survey of the size and contribution of private tertiary education, in a bid to improve government recognition of the sector.

There are “considerable gaps” in data available to policy makers

Data is currently only recorded on public sector providers, says ACPET, leaving “considerable gaps” in the data available to those making policy for the private sector.

“As the industry association for private tertiary education providers ACPET is well aware of the level of education and training that takes place outside of the government funded sector,” ACPET CEO, Claire Field, told The PIE News.

The survey will also quantify the level of private tertiary activity taking place offshore

“Such training is funded by both individuals and enterprises and this survey helps to quantify that effort… The findings will be used to inform stakeholders and decision makers.”

The survey, which is the second since 2010, aims to show the growing importance of the private education and training sector, its diversity and its true size.

ACPET said previous findings had improved recognition of the sector – for instance by building government confidence in its ability to deliver on the COAG skills reform agenda, a drive to up-skill the national workforce.

The new survey will also quantify the level of private tertiary activity offshore – covering the countries in which Australian private providers operate, in what subject or industry areas, at what level, and in which languages.

“We’re increasingly seeing government move to recognise providers based on their track record of achievement”

Field said the government was increasingly recognising the contribution of private providers to international education.

“While government policy-making in international education has typically favoured one sector over another, we’re increasingly seeing government move to recognise providers based on their track record of achievement, not on who owns them or which sector they operate in,” Field said.

ACPET members will be invited to participate in the short e-survey until September 9. Deloitte has been hired to collect data independently and anonymously, and all participants will receive the survey highlights to aid advocacy and promotion.

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