More Proof You Can't Trust Turnbull With TAFE


New South Wales Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, today confirmed that you can’t trust Malcolm Turnbull with TAFE and said that TAFE would struggle if the Federal Government obtained jurisdiction over vocational education and implemented a fully competitive market.


Minister Barilaro went on to complain that TAFE NSW teachers cost too much compared to their competitors.  He claimed that TAFE must "adapt or die". The current debate about vocational education should be about quality – not a race to the bottom.



“TAFE would struggle if the federal government obtained jurisdiction over vocational education and implemented a fully competitive market.


At the moment we are protecting TAFE in this state with the policy setting and the subsidies to keep TAFE competitive”

NSW Skills Minister, John Barilaro, The Australian, 1/10/2015


TAFE is not just another RTO – we need a national agreement on the role of TAFE.


Labor has guaranteed TAFE funding into the future and committed to working with Premiers and Chief Ministers on a comprehensive National Priority Plan that defines the role of TAFE and places it squarely as the public provider within the VET sector.


New South Wales is the second state to express concerns about what could happen to Australia’s TAFE system under a Turnbull Liberal Government.


“The issue of VET - which is no state secret, as members opposite would suggest - was also included in that communiqué and was a matter for some discussion at COAG. As the minister said last week and as I say now, we do not support a national takeover of that system.”

Hon Will Hodgman, Premier of Tasmania, Hansard, 22 September 2015 


“We do not support a Federal takeover of our VET or TasTAFE in Tasmania.

Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training,

Hansard, 16 September 2015


If your own mates don’t even trust you with TAFE, why should the students of the future?