Arts education cuts leave sector fuming

Plans to cut the number of tertiary arts courses eligible for student loans from 70 to just 13 have shocked and angered Australian artists and arts workers.
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As reported by ArtsHub last week, Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham has announced a major overhaul of the vocational training sector, including a drastic reduction of the number of tertiary-level diploma courses eligible for taxpayer-funded student loans.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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