Regardless of the election outcome there is much work to be done to campaign for TAFE and the preservation of public vocational education, Australian Education Union Federal President Correna Haythorpe told Federation’s annual conference today.
“You know that TAFEs are under attack from an agenda of privatisation, which has seen huge numbers of taxpayer dollars go to low-quality private providers and caused massive problems for students and our TAFE colleagues,” she said.
“The Coalition, if elected, will do nothing to fix this— all they have on offer is a cap on the flawed VET FEE-HELP system, which limits providers to making the same amount of inflated profit this year as they did in 2015.
“The ALP has taken some steps towards protecting TAFE but neither major party has agreed to our position that 70 per cent of contestable funding must be reserved for TAFEs.”
“We will keep fighting to stop TAFE cuts and for politicians to recognise the current funding system is flawed and must be totally revamped,” Ms Haythorpe said.
“As I said we have much work to do and I ask you to continue to stand alongside your TAFE colleagues as we work on the Stop TAFE cuts campaign.”
This afternoon, Australian Education Union Federal TAFE Secretary Pat Forward will also address annual conference about the TAFE campaign.