For vocational education to become a “first best option” in Australia’s tertiary education, policy needs to move the two key sectors closer to some semblance of parity. Whilst the enrolment patterns and government investment in the two sectors differ, the two key public institutions – universities and TAFE – are foundational to the trust and confidence placed in Australian tertiary education. Effective and fair policy and funding are a significant element in sustaining the esteem of Australian tertiary education.
The State of Our TAFEs survey, the first for a decade, received more than 1,400 responses from Australian Education Union (AEU) members giving insights from experienced TAFE teachers and revealing the impact of budget cuts across the sector. Approximately $3 billion in cuts to VET budgets have been made during the current Government’s term in office, the AEU said, with TAFE specifically experiencing a nearly 25 per cent decline in enrolment
A once-in-a-decade State of our TAFE survey conducted by the Australian Education Union (AEU) of more than 1,000 staff from all of the provider’s institutions has laid bare the real impacts, with staff “demoralised”, students missing out on classes and funding reduced to a decade low.
The Productivity Commission will release its interim report today, recommending major changes to the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies now offered to registered training organisations, a new student voucher system and a fairer, less complex student loan scheme for TAFE students
The NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education has advised that most TAFE courses would be suspended from Monday with the exception of enrolled nursing and aged care courses which will continue. The suspension will enable TAFE NSW to concentrate on moving courses online for future delivery.