Skip navigation

VET funding system must change

profile image
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
17 September 2015


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

“Victoria’s Vocational Education and Training system has degenerated into a get rich quick scheme, ripping off Victorian students and taxpayers.”

“Rorting of the VET system has been going on for years and is the consequence of the uncapped, unregulated market for vocational education and training system reforms introduced in 2008 by the former Labor Government and escalated by the former Liberal/National Government.“

“In the 2012 the Victorian Greens moved for an inquiry into the misuse of government training subsidies, substandard training and the effectiveness of oversight on financial accountability and training standards.”

“Such an inquiry could have exposed this scandal and prevented the ongoing misuse of public money but was blocked by the then Liberal/National Government.”

“Both federal and state governments must now abandon the market contestability and the VET FEE-HELP model and commit to a funding model that prioritises our public TAFE system.”

profile image
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
17 September 2015



Education and Training Reform Amendment Bill 2020

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise to speak in support of the Education and Training Reform Amendment Bill 2020. As other speakers have outlined, this is a relatively small and simple bill that broadly makes two amendments that I will point out: it clarifies that the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has the...

Members Statement: COVID-19 Green New Deal

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I want to thank everyone in my community for their efforts to get us this far. It still is a difficult time—an incredibly difficult time—for so many people, and as we open up we recognise that getting through this pandemic is only the first step. We are in...

Adjournment Matter Revitalising Our Shopping Strips

Mr. Hibbins (Prahran): My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, and the action I seek is for the minister to establish a unit within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions dedicated to revitalising our shopping strips across Victoria. Our local shopping strips need revival. They...

Public Transport should be accessible for all everyone

A damning Auditor-General report released today has revealed the Department of Transport will not meet its legislated targets for accessible tram infrastructure.   In 2018-19 alone, only 15 per cent of tram services delivered a low-floor tram at a level-access stop.   Victorian Greens spokesperson for transport, Sam Hibbins, said...