Economy

BUDGET 2019: Govt redirects $197M fees-free underspend to vocational training

Pattrick Smellie
Tue, 14 May 2019

By Pattrick Smellie May 14 (BusinessDesk) - Fewer students than expected have taken up the government's offer of free fees for tertiary education, allowing nearly $200 million over four years to be redirected into a revamp of vocational skills training, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said in his first major speech ahead of the May 30 Budget. Dubbed the 'well-being' Budget because of its new focus on policies that should improve individual and social well-being as much as economic growth, Robertson announced that at least some new initia...

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