Every Victorian deserves access to quality vocational education

Governments must guarantee at least 70% of public VET funding to TAFE

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What is the current situation with TAFE education in Victoria?

The federal Morrison government has cut funding to TAFE. Instead, millions in taxpayer money has been wasted on private, for-profit providers offering substandard courses. TAFE is trusted by industry professionals and the community to provide the skills Victoria needs. Government must direct a minimum 70% of funding to our public TAFE system, so it can continue to provide high-quality, accessible vocational education for all Victorians.

Public TAFEs neglected

Privatisation is destroying TAFE. The public TAFE system employs qualified teachers to give students real skills for real jobs. The federal Morrison government must reverse its cuts and guarantee at least 70% of VET funding to TAFE.

Undercut by low-quality private providers

Public TAFEs are forced to compete with profit-driven private training providers that cut corners at students’ expense. They don’t have to hire qualified teaching staff and they don’t deliver the quality training or the skilled, job-ready graduates our community needs.

Inconsistent standards

TAFEs are required to employ qualified teachers and provide learning support services for students. Private providers are not held to the same requirements. TAFEs are not competing on a level playing field with these private companies.

Our TAFE system deserves better

The solution

Increase share of funding for public TAFEs

We need a government that will invest at least 70% of government vocational education funding in our public TAFEs.

The solution

Ensure quality qualifications and teaching for TAFE

Develop a Victorian comprehensive curriculum across all qualifications, delivered by fully qualified and registered TAFE teachers.

Vincent – Lawyer and TAFE graduate

Vincent Shin wanted to be a lawyer, but after a difficult childhood, he had a low ATAR. Instead of being defeated, Vince completed a Legal Services qualification at TAFE, which allowed him to take on a Bachelor of Law. Vincent is a lawyer helping people in Melbourne’s West.

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