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Inquiry into the Perceptions and Status of Vocational Education and Training - ADCET Submission

Following a referral from the Minister for Skills and Training in November 2022, the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training commenced an inquiry into the perceptions and status of vocational education and training. ADCET submitted a comprehensive submission addressing four key issues for the House Standing Committee to focus on.

ADCET's submission drew on the experiences of disability practitioners, educators, staff and students within the tertiary education sectors (Higher Education and VET) and identified four key underlying causes to inclusion of people with disability in post-secondary education. 

  • failure of some tertiary education providers to address physical, digital, learning and cultural environments within their organisations adequately which enable people with disability to participation 
  • a culture of low expectations around people with disability and their ability to engage with post-school study  
  • failure of tertiary education providers to understand the legislative framework for disability and how to support people with disability appropriately 
  • insufficient funding for students in tertiary education broadly but specifically in the VET sector. 

Word and PDF documents are listed below. You can also track the progression of the Inquiry on their website. The link is also included below.