LABOR IS BACKING TAFE

27 Oct 2017

It’s a privilege to have been appointed Shadow Minister for TAFE and I am looking forward to working with Labor’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Tanya Plibersek in this vital policy area.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

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

 

LABOR IS BACKING TAFE

 

It’s a privilege to have been appointed Shadow Minister for TAFE and I am looking forward to working with Labor’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Tanya Plibersek in this vital policy area.

 

I want to thank Kate Ellis and her staff, who have done a fantastic job in this portfolio developing policy and holding the government to account. I wish her all the best for the future.

 

As a fitter who as part of my apprenticeship attended the equivalent of TAFE in the UK, it’s an honour to take up the fight for TAFE on behalf of the Shorten Labor team.

 

Labor is united in its support for TAFE, unlike the Turnbull Government which has an ideological antipathy to any public provider, especially in vocational education and training (VET).

 

Labor will make our iconic TAFE system the centrepiece of our training system. We will guarantee two-thirds of all Commonwealth VET funding goes to TAFE, and invest $100 million in revitalising TAFE campuses across the country.

 

Cutting funding from TAFE, privatisation and competition policy have failed the VET sector and as a result the Australian community.

 

TAFE is important to working people, and it is important to communities. TAFE provides a unique pathway into education and training for young people struggling in school, people in regional areas and workers re-training or re-entering the workforce. Labor will stand up for TAFE and the Australians who use it.

 

Supporting TAFE is a key element in Labor’s plan for jobs and skills development which will see increased investment in TAFE and increased traineeships and apprenticeships.

 

There are big challenges in skills, TAFE and apprenticeships. How we acquire, transmit and use skills will determine our future prosperity.

 

Labor will continue to work with TAFE, the AEU, and States and Territories to ensure that vocational education and training is prioritised, and that the training needed to ensure domestic and international competitiveness is delivered.

 

TUESDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2017