SIX private tertiary colleges in Queensland are among 23 across Australia being investigated after widespread allegations of students being tricked into signing up for courses.
It comes as the federal government this week introduced new laws designed to clamp down on the dodgy private colleges that have proliferated throughout the country.
The legislation will allow the government to create quality standards at short notice, force unethical marketers to identify which registered training organisation [RTO] is providing the course and extend the registration period for compliant colleges from five to seven years to better target audits to "high risk" providers.
Assistant minister for education and training Simon Birmingham announced that the Australian Skills Quality Authority [ASQA] would also investigate 23 vocational educational institutions.
"Any training providers found to be engaged in practices that are contrary to the required national standards could face regulatory sanctions, including the cancellation or suspension of their registration," Senator Birmingham said.
The names of the training organisations under investigation have not been released.
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