The VET Student Loans Act 2016
makes illegal the use of broker or agents to arrange student enrollments as of 1 January 2017. This contrasts with the university sector, where the Australian government promotes the use of Education agents on its Study in Australia
website and promotes
the Education Agent Training Course
(EATC) from International Education Services
. Perhaps a similar regulatory approach is needed for the VET sector, rather than an outright ban on agents. I suggest the aim should be ensure that the same procedures are followed, regardless of if the student recruitment is undertaken by the institution's staff, or a contracted third party.
"49 Provider must not use
broker or agent
(1) An approved course provider contravenes this subsection if the
provider enters into an arrangement (whether written or not) that
provides for another person to do one or more of the following in
relation to an approved course:
(a) enrol students, or accept applications for enrolment, in the
(c) provide information or advice in relation to VET student loans
(however described) for the course;
(d) assist students to complete or submit applications for a VET
student loan for the course;
(e) assist, or provide support for, students who could be eligible
for a VET student loan for the course to complete any assessments
required to show that students are academically suited to undertake
Civil penalty: 60 penalty units.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to an arrangement
(a) a contract of employment; or
(b) specified in the rules.
Note: Employees of approved
course providers will be covered by other requirements that apply to
approved course providers."
From: Section 49, VET Student Loans Act 2016
Act to provide for loans to students for vocational education and
training, and for related purposes, Commonwealth of Australia
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