SmartCity Colleges set to be de-registered

A SUNSHINE Coast-based national training college at the centre of controversy since December is set to be de-registered by the federal industry regulator.

SmartCity Vocational College Pty Ltd - whose admin arm SC admin Pty Ltd went into liquidation only days before Christmas leaving more than 300 staff jobless - will be de-registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority effective as of March 6.

A spokesman for the authority confirmed to the Daily this afternoon the decision had been made on January 18 and the college had been advised on January 30, with SmartCity to be formally de-registered on March 6.

The College, directed by Jim Spong, has sought a review of the decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and has sought a stay of the authority's decision pending the outcome of the review.

A hearing will be held on Thursday to decide whether or not to grant the stay of decision to SmartCity until the review is finalised.

SmartCity earnt nearly $80 million in the past two financial years through government-funded VET FEE-HELP loans for students enrolled at the college.

The college closed from December 16, 2016, when SC admin went into liquidation, and didn't reopen until January 26 in a reduced capacity, cutting a number of campuses around the country in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maroochydore, North Lakes, Toowoomba, Fairfield, Elizabeth (South Australia), Armadale (Western Australia) and Hobart (Tasmania).

The Daily has sought comment from Mr Spong this afternoon.



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