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  • Our letter to the Prime Minister calls for guaranteed TAFE funding

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    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.

    We are calling on your government to ensure that the October Federal budget delivers a minimum of 70% of total government VET funding to TAFE.

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

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

    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 your government's support and guaranteed funding to do so.

    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.

    We are counting on your government to deliver this for TAFE.

    Yours sincerely

     

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  • Do Your Block

    Scott Morrison says it's not his job to properly fund the TAFE system and end the skills gap crisis. He’s wrong.

    Over the long weekend we’ll be out in the community delivering our #RebuildWithTAFE flyer to our neighbours to raise awareness about how the Morrison Government has gone missing around properly funding TAFE and addressing the skills shortage crisis.

    We can post 200 flyers for you to deliver – just fill in your details and we will post them out to you to deliver sometime in the Easter holidays.

    The order deadline is noon 23 March.

    With the Federal Election on the horizon it's time to raise awareness about the value of TAFE and inform the public of what Rebuilding with TAFE will do for our communities. 

    Download and print your own flyer at home.

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    If you need 200 or more flyers fill in the form below and we’ll post them out to you.

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  • Share Your Story

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    Tell us why TAFE is important to you.

    Politicians need to hear from you about your experience and why increasing funding to TAFE will make a positive difference for your TAFE, or to you as a student, teacher, or employer.

    Or if you are a former TAFE student or teacher, tell us that story – what difference did TAFE make to your life, the life of your family or the wider community?

    For politicians to really listen, they need to hear stories, from people like you, about why and how increased funding for your TAFE would make a meaningful difference.

    Just use the form on the right to share your story now. Not sure what to say? Here are some things to think about:

    • Did TAFE help you follow your career dream or help retrain? Where would you be in life if you didn’t go to TAFE?
    • Would more funding help build new high quality facilities and start of the art equipment? What specifically could be improved?
    • What would more TAFE teachers and personnel mean for current TAFE teachers and students?
    • Are there currently courses that are not available that could provide more opportunities for students?
    • Do you live in a rural or regional area and have to travel a long way to college? Would additional TAFE colleges help young people stay local?

    There's no wrong thing to say! It's just important that politicians hear about real experiences.

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  • Volunteer

    Large-scale change can only occur when people like you join and rally around a common opportunity.

    In the coming months there will be a federal election. Federal elections are opportunities to educate and inform the public (and politicians) and draw attention to the change needed.

    Volunteer actions include joining a local campaign team, delivering information flyers in your own neighbourhood, attending events, having conversations with TAFE students or your family or helping hand out material at polling stations on election day.

    Volunteering can be a great way to get to know other people in your community who also care deeply that TAFE have guaranteed funding so we can #RebuildWithTAFE for a positive future.

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  • Our letter to the Prime Minister calls for guaranteed TAFE funding

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    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.

    We are calling on your government to ensure that the October 22 Federal budget delivers your election commitment of a minimum of 70% of total government VET funding to TAFE.

    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.

    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.

    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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