Call for crackdown on cheating services for students

Online academic cheating services that offer to do assignments for less than AU$100 are targeting international students in Australia doing vocational courses at private colleges, including those that don’t require class attendance, writes Anna Patty for The Sydney Morning Herald.

The peak body representing independent higher education providers is urging the federal government to extend legislation that outlaws the provision, or advertising, of academic cheating services, to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. The law, introduced in 2020, provides criminal and civil penalties of up to two years’ jail and fines of up to AU$100,000 where a cheating service or advertising is for a commercial purpose in the universities and higher education sector.

Troy Williams, chief executive of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia, said his organisation has raised concerns with the Commonwealth about these services and a lack of class attendance requirements at some colleges.
Full report on The Sydney Morning Herald site