ERIC Number: ED423369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Key Policy Issues in the Implementation of User Choice. Working Paper No. 8.
Smith, Joy Selby; Smith, Chris Selby; Ferrier, Fran
This working paper examines key policy issues in the implementation of Australia's User Choice policy regarding allocating public funds for vocational education and training (VET). Part 1 explains the process used to obtain stakeholders regarding the User Choice policy, the administrative arrangements required to support it, and issues that must be resolved before its full implementation. Part 2 states the objectives of User Choice, and part 3 identifies its essential elements. The following key policy issues are discussed in part 4: issues related to the need for a common focus on User Choice; demand side issues (distribution of benefits and costs of training among employers, employees, and the government; greater involvement of employers in VET development; User Choice and small business; VET in schools; access and equity issues; information); supply responses (maintenance and enhancement of the momentum for structural reform to achieve a more open and competitive training market; third-party access; costing and pricing; and cost shifting); "thin" markets; and maintenance of the VET base. Part 5 considers matters that must be addressed if User Choice is to be introduced on an effective, sustainable basis. Appended is a discussion of principles underlying identification of user choice policy issues. (MN)
Descriptors: Educational Demand, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Supply, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, School Choice, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia). Centre for the Economics of Education and Training.