Under the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison government’s TAFE institution across the nation have been under attack.
Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman reminded Queenslanders of their chance to restore training opportunities in Australia as they head to the voting booth on Saturday.
“So far the LNP in Canberra have presided over more than $3 billion in cuts to TAFE and training,” Ms Fentiman said.
:They are no different to the Queensland LNP that cut $82.4 million from the training budget and sacked more than 2100 TAFE Queensland staff, discontinuing TAFE course and closing or selling campuses.”
The impact of these cuts have been highlighted today by the Queensland Audit Report intoEducation: 2017–18 results of audits.
The impact of Commonwealth unfair student loan system and cuts to training programs for 2017-18 alone was over $27 million and included:
- $18.6 million reduction from students accessing Commonwealth Government VET Student Loans
- $7.1 million cut from the Commonwealth Adult Migrant English Program; and
- $1.7 million cut from the Commonwealth Skills for Education and Employment program.
“Saturday’s Federal Election is a chance for State’s like Queensland to gain an ally in the effort to repair and fix this damage,” she said.
“Only Bill Shorten and Labor are prepared to provide Queensland TAFE with its fair share of support.
“Only Federal Labour have promised to review all post school education and training funding and address the unfair student loan system operating for TAFE.
“In addition, only Federal Labor has committed $1 billion dollars in vocational education and training including 100,000 Free TAFE places and $330 million to deliver 150,000 apprenticeship subsidies in areas with skills shortages.”
“Federal Labor is also prepared to work with us on TAFE and has committed $200 million towards helping the states build TAFEs for the future.
“This has included investment in TAFEs at Cairns, Townsville, Logan, Mt Gravatt, Acacia Ridge, Whitsundays, Bowen, Redcliffe AND a new TAFE trades training centre at North Lakes.”
Despite federal funding cuts, with the support of the Palaszczuk Government TAFE Queensland has continued to achieving results
TAFE Queensland continues to be the largest provider of education and training in Queensland, delivering training to over 120,000 students in 2017–18 across more than 530 programs.
“Strengthened by its online and international delivery, no other provider can match TAFE Queensland for scale and location options,” Ms Fentiman said.
“TAFE QLD ensures high quality outcomes for students and employers – more than 85% of students are employed or in further study after completing their course.”
“With a Federal Labor Government partnering with us we can achieve much more.”