Louise Watson


A half-open door: pathways for VET award holders into Australian universities

Effective pathways from vocational education and training (VET) to higher education help to alleviate skill shortages as well as increase access to higher qualifications and lifetime earnings for people holding VET awards. Nationally, the proportion of students admitted to higher education on the basis of...

Higher education base funding review: final report

This report defines enduring principles to underpin the long-term funding of Australian higher education as well as specific recommendations and options for a reformed funding model. Australia’s future social and economic development depends on having an educated and highly skilled community, delivering creativity, innovation and...

Pathways to a profession: education and training in early childhood education and care, Australia

In this report Louise Watson highlights the ways in which the early childhood education and care sectors could be more closely aligned through provision of career pathways and articulation from vocational and technical education (VTE) qualifications to higher education courses in early childhood education

The drift to private schools in Australia: understanding its features

Government subsidies have provided a major source of funds to private schools in Australia for three decades. The increasing level of private school subsidies since the mid-1970s has contributed to a steady increase in the proportion of students enrolled in private schools. This growth in...

What do TAFE students pay? A review of charging policies in Australian vocational education and training

The current, various policies for fees and charges in the public vocational education and training (VET) system in each state and territory are the focus of this report. Louise Watson finds that due to a host of reasons there is little to no consistency to...