Rocco Guarnaccia

PhD student


Research Topic: Commercial for-profit VET providers within the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Australia.

A significant number of commercial for-profit VET providers (CVPS) have ceased operations either voluntary or involuntary through cancellation by Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) or insolvency in recent times. The impact of these closures has resulted in dramatic consequences including thousands of students unable to finish their training and high loses of private and public funds. To understand the underlying causes of these events, this research will examine what makes a CVPS organisationally sustainable in the VET market within Australia from a business, corporate governance and pedagogy aspect. The proposed outcomes of this research is to contribute new knowledge and improve the professional practices of CVPS and advance on how they operate, how they train and how they become organisationally sustainable within the VET sector in Australia.


Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gosia Klatt

Co Supervisor: Professor Fazal Rizvi

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Rocco Guarnaccia