VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT REVIEW FALLS SHORT

25 Jun 2018

The Turnbull Government’s review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act fails to address the deep structural problems within the vocational education system.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

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

 

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT REVIEW FALLS SHORT

 

 

The Turnbull Government’s review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act fails to address the deep structural problems within the vocational education system.

 

While Labor welcomes Professor Valerie Braithwaite’s partial review, it was severely limited by the Turnbull Government’s narrow terms of reference.

 

This is why a Shorten Labor government will establish a once in a generation Inquiry into post-secondary education within 100 days of being elected.

 

Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships Senator Doug Cameron said Labor’s comprehensive Inquiry  will ensure the sector best meets the needs of both students and the economy.

 

Mr Cameron said Professor Brathwaite’s report correctly calls for improved regulation and better safeguards for student outcomes.

 

However, he said the fundamental design of the system is flawed and no amount of regulatory tweaking will ensure quality student outcomes.

 

The number of students attending TAFE has collapsed due to the Liberal’s funding cuts and unhealthy competition from for profit  providers accessing government subsidies.

 

The Liberal’s record on vocational education is abysmal with cuts of more than $3 billion from skills and apprenticeships.

If elected, a Shorten Labor Government will:

  • Conduct a thorough Inquiry  into Australia’s post-secondary education system
  • Scrap upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students who choose to learn the skills that Australia needs
  • Invest $100 million in modernising TAFE facilities around the country
  • Guarantee at least two out of three Commonwealth training dollars goes to TAFE
  • Ensure one in every ten jobs on Commonwealth priority projects are filled by Australians apprentices
  • Provide 10,000 pre-apprentice programs for young people who want to learn a trade
  • Provide 20,000 adult apprentice programs for older workers who need to retrain