The Australian Education Union welcomes the strong commitments made by Federal Labor to scrap upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students and spend $100 million on modernising TAFEs around the country
This comes on top of earlier commitments to support the public TAFE system by guaranteeing a minimum two-thirds of government funding to the public TAFE system.
Federal Labor's plan, announced by Labor leader Bill Shorten in his budget reply speech, would restore funding to the sector and re-build Australia's network of campuses around the country.
This stands in stark contrast with the Turnbull government's Federal Budget, which slashes more than $200 million from TAFE, skills and training across the country, meaning at least $60 million cut from vocational education and training in Victoria.
The ALP announcements offer hope to a whole generation of young people and communities, who desperately need an affordable, high-quality public TAFE system to support vocational education in their regions.
The Turnbull government's budget offered nothing for the embattled TAFE system except further funding cuts. Australia's TAFE and vocational education sector is struggling under the burden of succesive cutbacks, and the enduring impact of the reputational damage inflicted by unscrupulous private for-profit providers and the disastrous VET FEE HELP scheme.
Further cuts in Turnbull's budget of more than $270m to the Skilling Australia fund could devastate the sector.
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