Following Labor’s recent announcement to guarantee funding for TAFE, Labor today put this guarantee firmly into the National Platform.
The amendment, made in Chapter 7 and forming new point 62 states:
Labor will develop a comprehensive National Priority Plan that defines the unique role of TAFE as our public provider and delivers on this by working with the states and territories to provide ongoing guaranteed TAFE funding.
Labor will work with the states and territories to rebalance the contestable funding model to ensure that priority funds are allocated to TAFEs so that quality training can be delivered in the regions, to disadvantaged groups, in key sectors such as aged care, and in STEM-related fields. Labor believes there is a place for contestable funding but we must get the balance right.
Over the last year there have been many stories of TAFE closures, reductions in staff, increasing course costs and unscrupulous private providers and brokers preying on vulnerable people. This is evidence that we need to get the balance right to guarantee funding for TAFE.
TAFE plays a vital role in our regions and in areas in transition. In many rural and regional areas, TAFE is the only vocational education and training provider that is available.
TAFE helps to train young people commencing their careers, people upskilling to return to the workforce and mature aged workers looking to change careers.
As our economy changes, workers will need to become more highly-skilled to compete in the workforces of the future.
It is imperative that we have a strong public provider to train Australians for these jobs. TAFE is a national asset that is highly valued by industry, communities and students.
Labor is firmly committed to a strong TAFE sector to help build the skills our nation will need to support growth and jobs – this was reinforced today with our amendment embedding this into the National Platform.
SATURDAY, 25 JULY 2015