TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS DROPPED THE BALL ON TAFE AND VET

4 Jul 2018

Today’s article in the Sydney Morning Herald confirms the Turnbull Government’s dismal failure on TAFE and vocational education.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS DROPPED THE BALL ON TAFE AND VET

Today’s article in the Sydney Morning Herald confirms the Turnbull Government’s dismal failure on TAFE and vocational education.

 

The number of students enrolled in government funded training at TAFE has plummeted by 24.5 per cent since the Turnbull government came to office.

 

In the last year alone, students attending TAFE and community education providers decreased by 5.8 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively. Students attending other registered providers decreased by 8.1 per cent over the same period.

 

Around Australia, TAFE campuses have closed, courses have been cut and students are being locked out due to increased fees.

 

Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships, Senator Doug Cameron, said the Liberals have failed to improve the quality of courses, reduce costs and increase access to education and training.

 

“Australia’s TAFE and vocational education system is under enormous pressure as a result of the Liberals poor and incoherent policy development,” Senator Cameron said.

 

“The system has been damaged by privatisation, poor regulation and unhealthy competition.”

 

He said only a Shorten Labor Government will restore vocational education and improve outcomes for students.

 

“Labor has committed $100 million to the Building TAFE for the Future Fund to commence a program of revitalising campuses across Australia,” he said.

 

“A Shorten Labor government will also conduct a once in a generation inquiry into the post-secondary education system within the first 100 days of being elected.

“TAFE is the anchor for a quality vocational education and training. If it is properly supported and resourced, it gives Australia a significant competitive advantage.”

 

Labor has committed that at least two thirds of all government funding for vocational education will go to TAFE.

 

The balance will go to not-for-profit community and adult educators and only the very best of the private providers with demonstrable links to specific industry requirements.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 5 JULY 2018