Three Australian Memorial Theatre Ltd courses gain eligibility for VET student loans -with broader review on scheme settings expected soon.
Readers may recall that both NIDA and The Australian Ballet School gave evidence at last year’s Senate inquiry on the value of vocational training in the development of artists for the professional sector and AMPAG expressed concern that no arts performance courses were included in the course eligibility list that would enable students to access VET student loan support..The Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has since met with a range of arts organisations to hear their concerns.
The opportunity for listed and not for profit training organisations to seek provisions as specified providers has lead to some movement with three courses provided by the Australian Memorial Theatre Ltd now eligible for support and listed in Schedule 3—Approved courses for specified providers within the VET Student Loans (Courses and Loan Caps) Determination 2016. The courses are; Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance); Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance), Advanced Diploma of Acting.
Other training institutions are still seeking resolution. In the meantime, AMPAG understands that the Adelaide College of the Arts has reported a number of successful candidates have turned down their offers because of the lack of federal loan support.
The Minister’s office confirmed in December that they planned to review the approved VET Student Loan course list this month. Once calls for submissions are announced we will add a link to the portal so that performing arts providers can provide further documentation on the importance of training to our professional sector.
The list of currently approved VET Student Loan courses is available here: Approved VET courses