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Sarah Pilcher

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Skills for recovery: the vocational education system we need post-COVID-19

The vocational education and training (VET) system will play a key role in supporting Australia’s recovery from the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19. However, the sector has faced a range of enduring challenges, and is not currently equipped to respond effectively to many of the questions...
Policy report

Increasing childcare subsidies would support children, families and the economy

Economic modelling by the Mitchell Institute has found that many families will be significantly financially worse off, following the reintroduction of childcare fees for parents.
Report

Participation in tertiary education in Australia: modelling and scenario analysis

If participation rates in higher education and VET in Australia fall as the population increases, there will be fewer people of prime working age who can effectively participate in the labour market in the future. The level of participation in VET and higher education, and...
Discussion paper

Crunching the number: Exploring the use and usefulness of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Only one in four domestic undergraduate students were admitted to courses based on their ATAR in 2016, down from one in three in 2014. This is at odds with the message reinforced by schools, families and the media – that the ATAR is everything.
Policy report

Expenditure on education and training in Australia 2017: update and analysis

Looking at over a decade of education expenditure, it is clear that governments are not approaching education investment in a coherent and thoughtful way. We see ad hoc, piecemeal spending across the system.