ACCC pursues Unique International for taxpayer funding
Jun 10, 2016 | News | by The Learning Press staff
The owner of Unique International College faced Federal Court this week on a charge the college displayed “unconscionable conduct” in recruiting students and accruing more than $57 million in taxpayer funding.
Unique and its owner, Amarjit Singh, represent the first of several private education providers being taken to court by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission as the Government attempts to reclaim more than $420million paid in loans to students allegedly recruited using pressure tactics and inducements.
Unique is accused of recruiting disabled, illiterate students from Aboriginal communities and luring them into student debt worth tens of thousands of dollars with promises of free laptops.
Acting for the ACCC, Senior Counsel Norman O'Bryan alleged on Wednesday that Mr Singh, also known as Amarjit Khela, grew the college "in order to maximise profitability for him and his family."
The college and Mr Singh deny the allegations and claim the 2000-student vocational training provider, based in Granville, western Sydney, was operating as a legitimate business.
The hearing continues.