TAFE & Training


TAFE is being destroyed in Victoria. You can trust the Greens to stand up for TAFE, its teachers and students.

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. 


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.

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Victorian Budget Reply 2016

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to give the budget reply on behalf of the Victorian Greens and the residents of Prahran and not only to give our response to the state government's budget but also to outline our vision and our plan for Victoria. Victoria really is a great place to call home. That is why so many people from interstate and around the world are moving in and coming to Victoria. Now is the time to have the vision and courage to take the next big steps for Victoria: to make the transition to an economy powered by clean energy; to shift to mass transit with a public transport system you can rely on, away from traffic and clogged roads; and to create the new jobs of a 21st century economy to ensure our communities remain livable. It is clear from this budget, just as it has been clear from previous budgets, that Victorians cannot trust the Labor Party or the Liberal Party to deliver on that transition.

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Media Release: VET funding overhaul needed


Greens TAFE and training spokesperson Sam Hibbins says that state and federal governments need to work together to overhaul the broken VET funding system.

“Vulnerable Victorians are being taken advantage of by for profit private providers. The VET system has degenerated into a get rich quick scheme,” Sam Hibbins said.

“The state government is tipping money into regulating the market driven VET funding policy which is a proven failure. It’s time they abandon the failed marketisation policy and shift funding back to Victoria’s quality public TAFE’s.

“The VET FEE Help scheme is adding fuel to the fire. The federal government must place an immediate ban on the use of private brokers,” he said.

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Education Legislation Amendment (TAFE and University Governance Reform) Bill 2015

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Education Legislation Amendment (TAFE and University Governance Reform) Bill 2015. I will preface my comments by saying that there has been a bit of back and forth, a bit of counterclaim between government and opposition, on who is to blame for TAFE, which is a good reason we need a different perspective in this place, because it really is a pox on both their houses when it comes to what has happened to our TAFE system. I will get to that in a bit.

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Grievance Debate

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to contribute to the grievance debate. For those in the gallery or those watching online, the grievance debate is great tradition — it is a 2-hour airing of grievances that occurs every third Wednesday in this house. It is close to the holiday season but it is not Festivus. Frank Costanza is not here, although I reckon he would acquit himself very well, possibly in talking about infestation. There are no feats of strength, no aluminium pole. We are not going to be using this time to debate a private members bill or motions; nothing substantive will come of this debate, but it is our turn and I will contribute because I know how much those opposite enjoy hearing the Greens speak in this place.

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VET funding system must change


Sam Hibbins, Victorian Greens TAFE and Training spokesperson has called for an urgent change to the funding of Vocational Education and Training (VET).

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