Labor Welcomes Senate Enquiry Into TAFE

Sharon Bird, Shadow Minister for Vocational Training, today welcomed the Education and Employment References Committee into TAFE education in Australia.

TAFE education is an important component in training young people to enter the workforce with the skills and expertise to establish their careers in industry.

The former Labor Government invested more than $19.6 billion to support training over the period 2008-09 to 2012-13.  The Liberal Government invested less than half this amount during the last Howard Government.

“We have recently watched Coalition State Governments cut funds, retrench workers, close campuses and raise fees in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland,” Sharon Bird said.

“We need to protect our TAFE system here in Australia.  Our TAFE system is one of the best in the world and forms the backbone of vocational education, particularly in our regions.

“I welcome the Senate’s inquiry which will help to highlight the importance of our world-class TAFE system.”

“The Abbott Government failed to release a vocational education policy prior to the election and I hope that the Senate inquiry highlights the importance of TAFE education to the Government,” Sharon Bird concluded.