Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on the news that TAFE institutes across the state will be all dismantled and ‘streamlined’ under a single provider.
“Folding ten TAFE institutions into one will obviously have major repercussions, including job losses and campus sales.
“These reforms actually do not do anything to address the problem with TAFE in NSW, which is that the contestability model has failed.
“The contestability model has meant that TAFE institutions have to compete with private providers. It has failed here in NSW, it has failed in South Australia and it has failed in Victoria.
“Under that model we’ve seen increased fees for students and reduced courses.
“There is no place for for-profit companies delivering vocational education and training.
“What TAFE in NSW needs is secure, ongoing funding and an end to the disastrous contestability model.
“During the election campaign Labor refused to commit to renegotiating the National Partnership Agreement to end the contestability model.