Sydenham Electorate: Constituent Inquiries regarding Skills and Training

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — (Question 930) My constituency question is to the Minister for Training and Skills. I have had many constituents contact my office about unscrupulous training providers. Two constituents, Yasinta and Maria, were convinced by a salesperson to study a certificate III in children’s services at an organisation called BAWM. The qualification was recalled by BAWM due to concerns about the quality of the education.

Another constituent, Kiara, was studying for a diploma of nursing in the hope of transferring into a bachelor degree to become a nurse or paramedic. Kiara was meant to finish this course by February 2015, but it was pushed back by the provider to May 2015. When May came around, there was no update from the organisation. This meant that Kiara could not continue her studies in the field, through no fault of her own. My question to the minister is: what is the government doing to crack down on unscrupulous training providers?