VET FUNDING REVIEW TO FIX TAFE SYSTEM

Monday, 9 February, 2015

Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP, today welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s VET Funding Review following the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services released on Friday.

The Report showed Victoria spent just $9.36 per hour on vocational training in 2013 – the lowest of any state or territory and down from $11.36 in 2011.

The Report disproves the Liberals’ claims that they increased funding for vocational training. It further shows that the decline in funding under the Liberals resulted in poorer outcomes for Victorian students, who undertook training to get a job and improve their lives.

Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, announced that the election commitment of a VET Funding Review will aim to fix the Liberals mess, by providing a more sustainable model for our TAFE and training providers.

The Review will be headed by former Holmesglen TAFE head Bruce Mackenzie, with former VECCI and Jayco Corporation Chief Executive, Neil Coulson, as its deputy reviewer.

It will ensure all training providers are supported through a more sustainable funding model so that they can meet the needs of growing industries.

Further, the Review will seek input from Victorian students, parents, employers, training providers and other stakeholders over the coming weeks with an interim report to be delivered within 100 days of its commencement.

Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera.

“Liberal funding cuts and repeated changes to course subsidies has made it hard for our TAFEs and training providers to deliver quality courses.”

“This report makes it clear how these cuts robbed thousands of Victorians of the opportunity to improve their lives.”

“Our $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund and the Mackenzie Funding Review will begin to repair the damage and rebuild our TAFE and training system so Victorian students can get skills, get a job and build a better life.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert

“Liberal cuts left our TAFE and training system in turmoil.”

“This independent review will begin to rebuild our TAFE and training system by developing a funding model to meet the changing skills and needs of our economy.”

“Our TAFE Rescue Fund will make sure the system survives next year, and the VET Funding Review will make sure it survives the next decade.”

Media Contact: Georgia Brumby 0428 698 185 | georgia.brumby@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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