Restore funding to our public TAFE system

The Greens support a well funded quality public TAFE system.

Our proven and respected public TAFEs were built up over decades with taxpayer's money and have educated hundreds of thousands of Victorians based on the principle of affordable and accessible training for all.

Chronic under-funding from the previous government has seen Victoria's TAFE system become the lowest funded TAFE system in Australia.

In 2011, the current government removed the funding that allows TAFE institutes to fulfil their student and community service obligations and negotiated staff pay rates. This means that TAFEs will find it difficult or impossible to provide the student welfare and other services that they currently do and that private providers are not required to.

Last year, the government has struck another massive blow to Victoria's public TAFE system. Grants to Victoria's 18 TAFE institutes have been slashed by nearly $300 million.

The cuts to TAFE are completely unnecessary - it has been the 310% growth in enrolments in private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that has blown the VET budget, not public TAFEs. This is due to the disastrous market contestability introduced by the previous Labor government.

Join the Greens in calling on the state government to reverse these devastating cuts to public TAFE funding and prioritise budget spending on VET to the public TAFE system by signing the petition below.

Dear Premier,

I support a well-funded, quality public TAFE system.

Cutting $300 million from TAFE and slashing 80% of our TAFE courses is unacceptable.

TAFE has been built up over decades with taxpayer's money and is there to provide affordable and accessible training for all.

Premier, don’t decimate our TAFE system. Please reverse the funding cuts and support a quality public TAFE system.

Yours sincerely,

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  • signed 2014-11-17 22:46:05 +1100
    Replacing TAFE with private companies who are motivated by profit is a big mistake. Education is a public service and should be funded appropriately. There are many courses that are too costly for private companies to run and will be dumped back on the remnants of the TAFE sector. Meanwhile, thousands of mature age students and youths are disdavantaged and hundreds of skilled teaching staff are out of work. Not a good look for “the clever country”. Actually we haven’t been clever fro a number of years. Our free trade partners love us because we never get the thick end of the wedge.
  • signed 2014-07-29 20:27:01 +1000
  • signed via 2014-07-27 19:37:16 +1000
  • signed 2014-07-26 16:32:09 +1000
    I went thru the old tech system – Dawkins made the first mistake and now we are in danger of trashing a system that has worked week with one that is no better and has higher costs. Australia is suffering from a decline in technical skills relative to many countries – this will further move us towards the dumb country.
  • signed via 2014-07-26 15:10:27 +1000
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-26 13:01:03 +1000
    I'm standing up for a strong, public TAFE system - please join me and sign this petition to restore public TAFE funding.
  • signed 2014-07-26 13:00:19 +1000
  • signed 2014-07-26 00:20:23 +1000
    Education is an investment in a quality society. It is not an expense.
  • @clareannetteoh tweeted link to this page. 2014-07-25 22:53:52 +1000
    I'm standing up for a strong, public TAFE system - please join me http://victoria.greens.org.au/tafe?recruiter_id=105580
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-25 22:53:52 +1000
    I'm standing up for a strong, public TAFE system - please join me
  • signed 2014-07-25 22:51:30 +1000
  • signed 2014-07-25 22:20:04 +1000
  • signed 2014-07-25 22:11:10 +1000
    TAFE colleges have been an excellent way to learn new skills such as apprenticeship training, update skills such as IT or to enjoy a short course. TAFE closures and reduction in courses is NOT the way to go.
  • @ste_ray tweeted link to this page. 2014-07-25 20:34:31 +1000
    I'm standing up for a strong, public TAFE system - join me and sign this petition to restore public TAFE funding. http://victoria.greens.org.au/tafe?recruiter_id=99249
  • signed 2014-07-25 20:33:45 +1000
  • signed 2014-07-25 19:47:39 +1000
  • signed 2014-07-25 18:06:44 +1000
  • signed 2014-07-23 22:06:17 +1000
    A quality TAFE system supports the social fabric as well as industry skill requirements. University does not necessarily provide practical skills to learners, TAFE does. Not everyone is ready to enter university straight off, TAFE provides a pathway that helps build confidence as well as knowledge. Shame on the Liberal Governments agenda to destroy this institution of knowledge.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-23 20:03:40 +1000
    I'm standing up for a strong, public TAFE system - please join me and sign this petition to restore public TAFE funding.
  • signed 2014-07-23 20:02:29 +1000
    Our young people deserve the opportunity for affordable training at TAFE to give them better opportunity for long term employment.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-23 12:08:56 +1000
    I'm standing up for a strong, public TAFE system - please join me and sign this petition to restore public TAFE funding.
  • signed 2014-07-23 11:53:54 +1000
  • signed 2014-07-23 11:15:15 +1000
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-23 11:03:47 +1000
    I'm standing up for a strong, public TAFE system - please join me and sign this petition
  • signed 2014-07-23 11:01:34 +1000
  • signed 2014-07-23 10:21:02 +1000
  • @Sam_Hibbins tweeted link to this page. 2014-07-23 09:00:02 +1000
    I'm standing up for a strong, public TAFE system - please join me and sign this petition http://victoria.greens.org.au/tafe?recruiter_id=117252
  • signed 2014-07-23 08:59:18 +1000
    As someone who went to TAFE before they went on to University and a career. I understand the importance of a well funded quality public TAFE system, that isn’t put out of reach of those who need it.
  • signed 2014-07-22 22:48:22 +1000
  • signed 2014-07-22 22:09:35 +1000