Herald Sun | 3 December 2012
Struggling TAFEs may be offered money to restructure operations under a continuing radical overhaul of Victoria’s VET sector. But the controversial shake-up also seems likely to force the merger of courses and possibly administration across many of the state’s 18 TAFEs as the State government attempts to slash hundreds of millions from the Budget.
With the final report of the TAFE Reform Panel go to Cabinet within the next fortnight, Victorian higher education minister Peter Hall has hinted the Baillieu Government is preparing a restructure package centred on collaboration. Hall says
The important thing about all of this reform process is to make sure each of our 18 TAFEs continue to be viable, and continue to be important deliverers of vocational training in this state. Some will need some help to do that, to adjust. Others will not need so much help. They will continue to conduct their business in the very professional way in which they do.
After the Government announced plans to cut an estimated $290 million from the TAFE sector, providers warned of the loss of about 2000 staff, as well as the merger of some institutes and the loss of many courses.
Hall was speaking at the launch of the Victorian Skills Gateway website, which allows school leavers or those seeking extra training to search for all appropriate courses in Victoria. The new resource also includes information about the employment prospects for each course as well as government subsidies and average salaries.