The Greens will restore TAFE funding and put TAFE back at the centre of vocational education and training Greens candidate Cathy Oke announced today.
" Ted Baillieu is finishing the job that Labor started."
" It was the state Labor government who started the attack on our long standing and proven TAFE system."
" The Greens fought these changes from the start, and we want to see them reversed. "
" To make matters worse, the Ballieu government has stripped away full service provider funding which helps pays for libraries, student services and maintenance."
The Greens commit to ending full contestability and the marketisation of VET
The Greens commit to reversing the cuts in 'full service provider' funding
“TAFE is vitally important as a provider of educational and training opportunities for people from all walks of life, including young people wanting to learn a trade, migrants and refugees wanting to get a start in their new lives, workers made redundant keen to learn a new skill.”
Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said: "It is the state Liberal government slashing funding now but Premier Ballieu has only been able to do so on the back of reforms introduced and pushed by Labor. The campaign to save TAFE needs to target Labor as well as the Coalition."
"Victoria is the poster child for why federal Labor should have thought twice before pushing the marketisation of VET nationally."
"Victoria's experience shows that competitive tendering robs students of high quality VET and undermines the public TAFE system and does little to target skills shortages and increase productivity. "
"The federal government gives billions to the states in VET funding and, rather than washing their hands of how this money is spent, Federal Labor should place conditions on Victoria and all other states to ensure funding goes to creating a well-resourced high quality public VET sector.”