This paper will examine how vocational education teachers in Australia respond and react to reforms aimed at marketizing the sector. Since the 1980s public budget pressures and neoliberal economic philosophy have prompted governments to focus on getting ‘more for less’ [3] by increasingly borrowing practices from business to make the public service more efficient. Education policy has not been immune from these transformations. Many Anglophone nations have aimed at marketizing or privatising various elements of the education sector [1], [6]. The vocational education sector in Australia has taken these changes comparatively further than many other developed nations [8].

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2018

  • Date of Conference: 25-28 June, 2018
  • DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2018.0065
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-90-2
  • Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada