ERIC Number: ED430145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Education, Training and Youth Affairs--Issues and Public Policy Responses.
Education and training in Australia represent a significant sector of the economy, comprising some 7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Public policy is fashioned to support three main sectors: schools, vocational education and training, and higher education. The mix of Commonwealth policy across these sectors is determined by distribution of federal responsibilities and emerging needs of the sector and the community. A major issue for public policy is the very rapid development of the knowledge economy and its meaning for the future of learning and work. Particular issues concern the meaning of the concept of lifelong learning, how best to smooth the transitions between learning and work and between learning experiences, and the very wide gap that still remains between indigenous and nonindigenous Australians in levels of educational access, participation, progression, performance, and outcomes. Significant developments in government/public administration are shaping the type of policy responses available for public support and delivery of education and training. The main trend is the growing use of private providers in a contestable delivery framework. Consequences of the separation of purchaser and provider (policymaker and policy implementer) are greater transparency of costs and new challenges in risk management. (Six tables illustrate changes in employment by occupation, high growth occupations, declining occupations, and industry changes in expenditure on training.) (Author/YLB)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Federal State Relationship, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Job Training, Lifelong Learning, Postsecondary Education, Privatization, Public Policy, Vocational Education
Australian Council of Social Service, Locked Bag 4777, Strawberry Hill, New South Wales 2012, Australia.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council of Social Service, Strawberry Hills.
Identifiers - Location: Australia