Public TAFE is under attack
Only TAFE can provide people with the skills to support a thriving, forward thinking economy.Stand up for TAFE
Working conditions for TAFE teachers are under threat and it’s the students who will miss out.
Privatisation of Victoria’s training system means TAFEs are forced to compete with dodgy private training providers who cut corners at students’ expense. Victorian TAFEs remain the lowest-funded of any state yet the government keeps pumping taxpayer dollars into private providers. The broken system is hurting public TAFE and leaving students short-changed.
Chronic underfunding of Victoria’s training sector has meant TAFE teacher workloads have steadily increased. Many teachers must deliver courses in less hours than TAFEs get funding for, and undertake increased administration and compliance. The state government is seeking to increase annual teaching hours by almost 20%, yet the majority of Victoria’s TAFE teachers are still paid more than $10 000 less than their NSW counterparts.
Students Miss Out
75% of Victorian TAFE teachers are fixed term or casually employed, and you can’t have a quality system with quality outcomes for students without secure employment for teachers. Slashing teaching conditions further will have a serious impact on the quality of education and training students receive. This isn’t fair to our students or teachers. We deserve better.
Only TAFEs can guarantee high-quality training delivered by qualified teachers. TAFEs put students' needs first– not profits. That's why we're campaigning to:
Increase State Government Funding
TAFEs are the top education and training provider at the heart of the VET system. The Victorian government needs to support TAFEs by directly allocating at least 70% of funding. This will allow TAFEs to continue to deliver high-quality training provided by qualified teachers.
Lift teacher standards
Shonky private providers have been driving down quality and eroding trust in the VET system. We must raise the minimum qualifications for all VET teachers, and strengthen regulatory oversight of the awarding of those qualifications.
We also need guaranteed minimum classroom time for students to learn what they need to gain employment.
Stop the student rip-off
Under the deregulated system, private training colleges have been free to set their own fees, even if their offerings aren’t viable or students don’t have the capacity to repay them. They have been handed a blank cheque from the Australian taxpayer.
We are campaigning for a return to affordable, accessible public education for all, with mandated minimum course hours delivered to every VET student by qualified teachers.