Senate TAFE Inquiry
We’ve letterboxed and leafleted and now we’ve achieved a breakthrough with the announcement of a Senate inquiry into the role of TAFE.
The inquiry, initiated by Labor and the Greens but opposed by the Abbott Government, will examine the resources TAFEs need to continue performing their vital role in our community.
The terms of reference include:
(a) The role played by TAFE in:
i. Educational linkages with secondary and higher education
ii. The development of skills in the Australian economy
iii. The development of opportunities for Australians to improve themselves and increase their life, education and employment prospects, and
iv. The delivery of services and programs to support regions, communities and disadvantaged individuals to access education, training, skills and, through them, a pathway to further education and employment.
(b) The effects of a competitive training market on TAFE
(c) What public funding is adequate to ensure TAFEs remain in a strong and sustainable position to carry out their aims; and
(d) What factors affect the affordability and accessibility of TAFE to students and business.
The inquiry will report by 13 May 2014 and hold a number of public hearings around the country. We will keep you informed about how you can participate in the inquiry as soon as more information is available. You can also keep up with the latest at the Stop TAFE Cuts campaign website - http://stoptafecuts.com.au.
Thank you for all your efforts to ensure CIT remains strong and sustainable.