Labor strongly supports TAFE, with a plan to protect and strengthen our TAFE system and restore integrity to Australia’s Vocational Education and Training sector.
Last year Bill Shorten announced that a Labor Government will introduce a TAFE funding guarantee. This will ensure that a guaranteed proportion of government funding for vocational education stays with TAFE, so that our TAFE system can continue to provide training opportunities for those who need it most.
A Shorten Labor Government will also undertake a comprehensive National Vocational Education and Training Sector Review to ensure our vocational education system is properly equipped to train Australians for the jobs of the future, weed out dodgy providers and enforce proper standards, and recognise the central role of our public TAFE system.
A Shorten Labor Government will introduce a loan cap of $8,000 a year in the VET FEE-HELP program as part of an integrity package to stop the current massive waste of taxpayers’ money, and to prevent price gouging of students and improve training outcomes. In 2014 alone, the ten largest private training college recipients of VET FEE-HELP subsidies in Australia were paid $900 million in government subsidies - yet less than five per cent of their students graduated.
In order to safeguard TAFE diplomas like engineering that have a genuinely high cost of delivery, limited exemptions will be available, through application to the Department of Education and Training.
The Liberals have failed to stop the waste. The Turnbull Government has paid private providers $5.4 billion of taxpayers’ money without any concern about outcomes such as how many students graduate and about the quality of the training they receive. Other than cutting $2.75 billion from vocational education to date, their only substantive response has been to release a discussion paper.
Labor is the only party that will back TAFE, stop the waste and restore integrity to the vocational education sector.
To read more about our plans and about what Labor stands for, go to http://www.100positivepolicies.org.au/