Everyone deserves a high quality education, no matter where they live or their economic circumstances.
TAFE is an essential part of our public education system, and should provide quality, affordable and accessible training for all.
But over the past 10 years, the Labor and Liberal Governments have decimated the TAFE sector.
Labor opened the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system to private providers. This privatisation means public TAFEs are forced to compete with dodgy private providers who cut corners at the expense of students.
The Liberals then slashed funding to TAFE. Together these actions meant funding to TAFE has dropped dramatically, resulting in courses being cut, campuses closing, educators losing their jobs, enrolments going down, and poorer quality education for students.
The Greens have a plan to put students, teachers and the public interest before private profits by stopping the privatisation for our training system:
- Guarantee a minimum of 70% of government vocational education and training funding for TAFE institutions.
- Support TAFE teachers in their efforts to secure fairer working conditions, including fair pay and job security, so they can focus on providing excellent student education.
Students not profits
The Greens have always been strong advocates for the public TAFE system and public education. We will continue to fight for a strong and affordable public TAFE system regardless of who is in government.
We will stand up for 70% guaranteed funding for TAFE. We believe TAFEs are best placed to provide a quality educational experience for students.
The Greens also support raising the minimum qualifications for all VET teachers, minimum classroom time for students, and greater regulatory oversight of private providers to ensure they achieve high standards and students get a quality education.
We recognise that chronic underfunding of the TAFE sector has increased workloads on teachers, while the majority of Victoria’s TAFE teachers are underpaid compared to their NSW counterparts.
Most TAFE teachers don’t have job security, with 75% of Victorian TAFE teachers on fixed term or casual contracts. The Greens support these teacher’s calls for better wages and conditions. When teachers have secure, well-paid employment, they can focus on education and better student outcomes.