The Federal Court last week handed a record $26.5 million fine to failed training college Empower Institute, as well as a demand it repays more than $56 million to the Commonwealth Government for funding it received to run courses.
At the time colleges were accused of targeting vulnerable people outside places like Centrelink with the offer of free laptops. Many students were left with heavy VET-FEE-HELP debts, no diploma and no job, after paying around $15,000 for their courses.
Empower was one of a number of education providers that failed during a Federal Government crackdown on rorting of the taxpayer-funded VET-FEE-HELP loan scheme in 2015. Read the full article