Response to The Age – ‘Vocational education, the biggest get-rich quick scheme in Australia’

Katherine Temple – Senior Policy Officer in response to ‘Vocational education, the biggest get-rich quick scheme in Australia‘ (The Age, 17/09/2015)

We are shocked and dismayed by the story in The Age this morning about vulnerable people being ripped off by get-rich-quick college rorts. Unfortunately we are still receiving complaints about pushy salespeople door knocking and cold calling trying to sign people up to courses, and it’s time we said enough is enough. We have received reports that salespeople are implying they are from the government, or offering ‘government funded’ training, when in reality they are signing people up to a potential lifetime debt. These salespeople are driven by commissions, not the best interests of students.

If you have been ripped off by a training provider, or know someone who has, we encourage you to report them to the National Training Complaints Hotline on 13 38 73. If you need legal advice, you can call our free legal advice line on 1800 466 477 (Victorian residents only).

Media Contact: Jonathan Brown, 0413 299 567, media@consumeraction.org.au
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