$7M TASMANIAN CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR WATER AND TRADES

15 May 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $7 million to help create a new Centre of Excellence for Water and Trades located at Clarence TAFE in Tasmania.

SENATOR DOUG CAMERON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES


JULIE COLLINS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH
MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

BEN MCGREGOR
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR CLARK

$7M TASMANIAN CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR WATER AND TRADES

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $7 million to help create a new Centre of Excellence for Water and Trades located at Clarence TAFE in Tasmania.

The new Centre of Excellence for Water and Trades will attract students from across Australia to train in water technology, sustainability and infrastructure development.

This innovative facility will meet the gaps that currently exist in this area of training across southern Australia.

The Centre of Excellence will be a one-of-a-kind facility with nation leading training opportunities centred in Tasmania.

The facility will provide pre-vocational, apprentice and higher education qualifications to ensure Tasmania has the skilled workforce required to meet the needs of the water industry.

The Centre of Excellence is backed by industry, including support from the Master Plumbers Tasmania, Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board and Housing Industry Association.

This is supported by TasTAFE and the University of Tasmania who will work together to ensure the Centre of Excellence delivers the best opportunities for both vocational and higher education.

The Tasmanian State Government has already committed $7 million to this project.

Labor has a plan to restore TAFE as the foundation skills and training provider across the country and is committed to ensuring at least two thirds of all government funding for vocational education will go to TAFE.

A Shorten Labor Government will provide more than $1 billion in additional investment in TAFE and apprentices, including:

  • $50 million for 10,000 Pre-apprenticeship programs.
  • $83 million to support 20,000 adult apprentices.
  • $200 million Building TAFE for the Future Fund.
  • $380 million for 100,000 TAFE places with no upfront fees.
  • $334 million for 150,000 additional Apprentice Incentives.


Labor will also ensure one in every 10 jobs on major Commonwealth and defence projects are filled by an Australian apprentice.

We will also conduct a once in a generation inquiry into the post-secondary education system to identify and fix the problems created by the Liberals.

A Shorten Labor Government will also introduce an apprentice advocate who will work across all jurisdictions ensuring, safety, quality training and the well-being of apprentices across the country.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better TAFE, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.

After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready.

End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote Labor.

THURSDAY, 9 MAY 2019
Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.