Public TAFE needs your support
Only TAFE can produce the skilled labour to support a thriving, forward-thinking economy.Stand up for TAFE
Current VET policy is taking public money away from TAFE and handing it to for-profit businesses.
Students not getting skills and jobs
VET has become a money-making exercise for private businesses, reaping public funds while charging students up to three times as much as TAFE to deliver low-quality courses by unqualified teachers. Only TAFE can be trusted to give students the quality training and support they need to complete their course with job-ready skills.
Shortage of skilled workers
Some private providers are not even delivering the minimum hours designated for courses. Many are offering online and distance training with no proper support or monitoring – sometimes enrolling students who are physically unable to complete courses, let alone repay the debt. Low completion rates are wasting taxpayer money, and low skills are putting our community and economy at risk.
Taxpayer money wasted
It has been costing taxpayers on average seven times more to educate a student at a private vocational college than a public TAFE! Yet, TAFE maintains significantly higher completion rates. The Government keeps pumping taxpayer dollars into regulating private providers, instead of fixing the broken market-driven system that is hurting public TAFE and leaving students short-changed. Taxpayer dollars should be invested in maintaining an accessible, affordable public education system, not lining the pockets of business.
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:
Cap contestable VET funding
Between 2011 and 2015, VET funding to private providers increased by 44% while funding to TAFE plummeted by more than 30%. The Victorian Government has become to reinvest in TAFE, but we want at least 70% of government funding to be directly allocated to TAFE so it can maintain its role at the heart of the VET system.
Lift teacher standards
Shonky private providers have been driving down quality and eroding trust in our VET system. We must raise the minimum qualifications for all VET teachers, and strengthen regulatory oversight of the awarding of those qualifications.
Stop the student rip-off
Under the deregulated system, private training colleges have been free to set their own fees, without any test of the viability of their offerings or their students’ capacity to repay. In effect, 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.