The Australian Education System : Primary Secondary And Tertiary Education Essay

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The Australian education system offers primary, secondary and tertiary education. School education is primary and secondary while tertiary education comprises both vocational education and training (VET) and higher education, including universities (Elcom 2013). Australian qualification framework (AQF) is a government-authorized and nationally accredited policy that covers the tertiary education sector. The AQF has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system (Elcom 2013). With respect to funding education, each state or territory government funds and regulates the public and private schools within their governing area while the federal government helps fund the public universities (Elcom 2013; King 2001, p. 190).

The universities are predominantly owned by the government and relay on government subsidy as their main source of income to run their everyday business. Universities argue that the reduction in funding tertiary education would bring a crisis in higher education system (King 2001, p. 191). On the other hand, government of all political persuasions seems to accept university funding as a trivial government agenda. Even though, recently elected coalition government has announced a slight-increase in research funding, the package seems too little compared to recent plan on university funding cut (King 2001, p. 191). The fresh proposal to cut university funding will hamper Australian’s education system, may
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