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ERIC Number: ED469608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 69
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-74096-067-X
A Cross-Sectoral Funding Model: Is It Fair and Feasible?
Watson, Louise; Wheelahan, Leesa; Chapman, Bruce
Demand for cross-sectoral education and training provision is increasing. These new forms of participation are more likely to require flexible delivery, part-time study, short courses, intersectoral movement, and customized student pathways. Education and training are strongly associated with productivity in the new economy, but participation in education and training is not uniform among all social groups, especially the disadvantaged. Government policy goals to support cross-sectoral provision to promote lifelong learning are undermined by different funding, reporting, and accountability requirements of each sector. It is very difficult to construct courses or programs of study that draw from each sector and are offered as a coherent whole. Equity policies and programs are implemented in each sector but are not consistent. Sector-based funding systems are increasingly inadequate to support needs of disadvantaged learners. A proposed incremental approach to developing a cross-sectoral funding model would pursue greater consistency among sectors in these six areas: funding levels per student; accreditation frameworks; processes for determining funding priorities; mechanisms for allocating resources to institutions; student contributions; and equity strategies. Appendixes include a broad outline of the funding arrangements for each sector. (Contains 100 references.) (YLB)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (ISBN: 1-74096-066-1; Cat. no. 855; $27.50 Australian). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia