Skills Report Advances Critical Role Of Tafe

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10 March 2010


TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has welcomed the breadth of Skills Australia’s vision for

improving Australian workforce participation, articulated in its publication Australian Workforce


TDA’s 58 member TAFE institutes are the largest deliverers of accredited national training

delivering to 1.68 million students in locations throughout Australia.  In its pre-Budget

submission to the Treasurer, Ideas and Priorities for Vocational Education and Training, TDA

outlined its priorities and funding requirements for the vocational education and training sector

in achieving the COAG targets. 

TDA Acting Chief Executive, Pam Caven said it is pleasing that many of TDA’s priorities have

been reflected in the Skills Australia report.

“More than ever there is a need for a VET workforce that is skilled in delivering training and

assessment to diverse clients and is expert in contemporary work practice. TDA wholeheartedly

supports Skills Australia’s strategy to develop and implement a workforce development strategy

for the tertiary education sector”.

Located in the centre of the post-secondary education spectrum, with universities on one side

and schools on the other, the structures and operations of TAFE institutes need to

accommodate both the changing nature and role of the other sectors, while being well placed

to continue providing leadership in vocational education and training. TDA supports the

proposed “new partnership approach” with industry, community organisations and governments

“to drive participation and productivity improvements”.

Skills Australia’s position is consistent with TDA’s position – more funding is required to support

individuals’ participation in higher level qualifications. Additional funding should be directed to

TAFE institutes, which are catering to the largest numbers of students, not to organisations that

are at the margin of vocational education.

“TDA supports the report’s strategies to enable individuals, especially those from disadvantaged

backgrounds, to engage in education and training. TAFE institutes have proven experience and

expertise in working with disadvantaged students, especially in rural and remote regions and

recognize the additional costs in supporting these students to achieve employment and further

study outcomes,” Ms Caven said.

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TDA supports the report’s recommendation of targeted funding to literacy and numeracy,

enabling skills that will underpin increased participation in education and training. Such skills

are critical for those seeking to enter the workforce and for those in employment seeking to

upgrade their skills. 

TDA agrees with Skills Australia that the decline in public funding for the VET sector is of

concern.  Australia needs its TAFE institutes to be agile and innovative in their responsiveness

to the needs of individuals and enterprises. The acknowledgement in Workforce

Futures that

public funding per student contact hour to TAFE institutes has been falling in recent years may

now give impetus to this situation being redressed by both state and Commonwealth


Contact: Pam Caven, TAFE Directors Australia, 02 9217 3180 or 0403 383 024

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