GOVERNMENT MUST RELEASE APPRENTICESHIPS IT BUSINESS CASE

27 Jul 2018

The Turnbull Government must be transparent and not repeat its previous mistakes when developing a new business case for the failed $24 million apprenticeship management IT system.

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

 

GOVERNMENT MUST RELEASE APPRENTICESHIPS IT BUSINESS CASE 

 
The Turnbull Government must be transparent and not repeat its previous mistakes when developing a new business case for the failed $24 million apprenticeship management IT system.
 
In May, the Government was forced to abandon the Australian Apprenticeship Management System, wasting $24 million of taxpayer’s money on a project originally slated to cost just $9.6 million.
 
A PricewaterhouseCoopers report into the costly disaster found a lack of consultation with the people who will actually use the system was one of the main reasons why it failed.
 
The disaster would have paid for an additional 2,459 apprentices.
 
Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships, Doug Cameron, is calling on the Government to consult with the sector after reports indicated they are about to embark on a new business case.
 
“The flawed AAMS business case and a lack of consultation with the sector were among the key reasons identified by PwC for the failure of the AAMS projects,” Senator Cameron said.
 
“Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham must make this new business case public so it can be properly scrutinised by the people that will ultimately be using it.
 
“Senator Birmingham also needs to take direct responsibility and not outsource accountability to his bureaucrats, as he did previously.”
 
Senator Cameron said the AAMS disaster is indicative of the Turnbull Government’s complete indifference to TAFE and vocational education.
 
“The Abbott/Turnbull Governments have ripped $3 billion from TAFE and vocational education since being elected,” Senator Cameron said.
 
“The number of students enrolled in government funded training at TAFE has plummeted by 24.5 per cent over the same period. A further $270 million from apprenticeship support in the 2018 Budget.”
To make matters worse, the Daily Telegraph reports today that TAFE NSW enrolments are in freefall because students can’t find courses online due to keywords being removed from the TAFE’s website search function.
 
This is despite TAFE NSW management being warned of this exact issue last month.
 
“The Liberals, be they federal or state, just don’t value TAFE and this is why we continue to see these horror stories day-in, day-out.”
 

FRIDAY, 27  JULY 2018
Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.