Our letter to the Prime Minister calls for guaranteed TAFE funding

Dear Prime Minister,

Every Australian has the right to access high quality vocational education  delivered by TAFE. As Australia rebuilds post COVID, it is TAFE that is best  placed to help our communities thrive.

TAFE has helped millions of people find opportunity, skills, careers and purpose  in their lives. TAFE provides support for those seeking employment for the first  time, those who missed opportunities at school, and those who seek retraining and  further education throughout their lives.

But TAFE has suffered from funding cuts and contestable funding policy settings  that have led to an increasingly privatised vocational education system that  undermines the quality of vocational education and training.

Mr Morrison, your government is failing TAFE, and putting our future in danger.

A 2020 report* by the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute, revealed  that despite years of significant funding pressure and policy failure, the TAFE  system plays a huge and fundamentally important role in the Australian economy,  contributing an estimated $92.5 billion each year.

With hundreds of campuses all around the country, TAFE continues to provide  high quality vocational education, and is perfectly positioned to help Australia  rebuild, stimulate the economy and address serious skill shortages. But it urgently  needs guaranteed funding to do so.

WE ARE CALLING ON YOUR GOVERNMENT TO:

  • Guarantee a minimum of 70% of total government funding to the public TAFE system
  • Restore funding and rebuild the system
  • Re-invest in the TAFE teaching workforce
  • Develop a capital investment strategy for TAFE

A properly supported TAFE would have high quality new facilities and state of  the art equipment, more TAFE teachers and personnel, more courses and more  opportunities for students. That is what is possible if TAFE is recognised in its  rightful place as the anchor institution of vocational education for Australia.

Yours sincerely

Correna Haythorpe

FEDERAL PRESIDENT, AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION

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