The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) endorses the need to create a coherent tertiary education system that ensures each person has the opportunity and incentive to get the vocational and higher education qualifications, skills and knowledge to which they aspire.
Creating such a system should be a priority for the Australian Government following the 2019 election.
The focus should be:
all post school education and training, with an effective relationship to schooling
people, and the skills and knowledge they need, not providers. Providers are the tool.
To create an effective system, we need to understand the changed role of tertiary education.
The economic and social reality is that nearly everyone now needs a post school qualification.
Educating all to their need should not hold back learning of those most naturally suited to academic learning.
Higher education is for all, not just the best and brightest.
We have moved from the advantage of having a degree or trade to the disadvantage of not having either.
There will be a greater overlap of earnings between those with higher education qualifications and those with VET qualifications.