The Age | 22 October 2012
The Victorian state government is facing a backlash from tertiary students and staff over plans to strip them of their right to guaranteed seats on the governing bodies of TAFEs and universities. At present university councils and TAFE boards must include staff and student representatives, but a spokesman for Higher Education Minister Peter Hall confirmed the government would amend this legislation. He said students and staff would need to prove they had the “necessary skills” before they could be appointed to their institute’s governing body.
While staff and students may have such skills sets, it is inappropriate to mandate that such groups be represented as of right.
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE chief executive Andrew Giddy said the government briefed TAFE directors about the changes this month. He said NMIT’s board had operated well with staff and student representation.
They can’t chair the board and they can’t chair things like the audit committee. But they participate as full board members otherwise and we’ve had a generally good experience with them.