Technical and Further Education (TAFE) has been an integral part of Victoria’s public education system for decades. Our public TAFEs have educated thousands of Victorians on the principle of quality, affordable and accessible training for all and are widely respected around the world.
Yet over the last five years, the policies of the former Labor government and the current Liberal / National government have undermined TAFE as the primary provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Victoria.
OUR PLAN FOR TAFE
We are committed to ensuring TAFE is restored to its central place in the VET system. We will:
1. Abandon the failed market contestability model by reversing the trend of public funds flowing away from TAFE to private for-profit providers and reinstate core public funding to TAFE as the primary provider of VET in Victoria including ongoing funding for capital works, facilities, equipment and funding for community service obligations;
2. Enforce minimum teaching qualification requirements for all VET providers and minimum supervised hours of delivery and appropriate practical components for all courses that receive government subsidies; and
3. Establish a panel of eminent persons to assess the impacts of the contestable VET funding model and funding cuts over the last five years on the viability of TAFE; the quality, accessibility and affordability of vocational education and training; and to propose a sustainable model that maximises the public benefit.