The Turnbull Government is seeking feedback on the list of newly eligible courses. You can have your say by emailing VETStudentLoans@education.gov.au. Feedback must be received by 23 October 2016.

Principles of Performance Presence Workshop
Principles of Performance Presence Workshop

Courses currently deemed ineligible for funding may be reinstated if they can demonstrate strong employment results. For those TNN Associates (Get associated) who know of any of the Diplomas now deemed ineligible for funding where there are strong employment outcomes and details of employers, TNN submission if it is provided to us before 20th October.

Please see below excerpts from Richard Watts’ Arts Hub article: Arts Hub creative cuts article

Student loans cut to creative courses

A number of arts diplomas – including circus, screen acting, stained glass, art therapy and jewellery-making – will no longer be eligible for government subsidies as part of the Turnbull Government’s ongoing reforms of the tertiary sector. In total, 478 vocational courses will be dropped from the list of subjects eligible for taxpayer funded support in the form of student loans; 374 courses will continue to be supported.

 

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham commented: ‘Currently there are far too many courses that are being subsidised that are used simply to boost enrolments, or provide “lifestyle” choices, but don’t lead to work.

 

Of 70 creative arts courses previously eligible for funding, only 13 are now available according to the government’s new criteria.

 

Funding for student loans for all creative programs has been capped at $10,000, compared to $15,000 for agriculture and engineering.

 

Theatre & Performance related creative courses now deemed ineligible for funding, as supplied by the Department of Education and Training are:

  • Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
  • Diploma of Musical Theatre
  • Diploma of Live Production Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
  • Diploma of Broadcast Technology
  • Advanced Diploma of Performance
  • Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet
  • Diploma of Performing Arts
  • Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts
  • Diploma of Screen Acting
  • Diploma of Screen Performance
  • Advanced Diploma of Acting
  • Diploma of Circus Arts
  • Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media
  • Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts

 

Closing date for submissions is 23rd October:

You can have your say by emailing VETStudentLoans@education.gov.au. Courses currently deemed ineligible for funding may be reinstated if they can demonstrate strong employment results.

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