School leavers lured away from uni by free TAFE courses

La Trobe University is one of several Victorian universities that has suffered a slump in applications.CREDIT:DIANNA SNAPE
This year, universities in Victoria have experienced a decline in high school leavers ‘ enrolment applications, with some experts saying it was possible that many were lured away from seeking a degree under the free TAFE scheme of the state government. Data from the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre shows first-round applications for university courses this year have declined by 5.3 percent.