The Australian | 26 November 2012
In response to a series of questions, tertiary education minister Chris Evans has told the Senate that the states are “on notice” that they could miss out on $1.75 billion in reward funding negotiated in April. Evans says three states are “ripping money out of training systems”.:
We’re making it very clear that we will not be allowing the states to get away with this. We will hold them to their promises about maintaining the training effort.
Funding under agreements we’ve signed with them will not be forthcoming unless they honour their commitments that they’ll maintain their investment. We’re not going to put up with it and the states are on notice.
The comments coincided with the Victorian opposition putting TAFE at the centre of its tilt for re-election in two years.
Restored funding for TAFE community service obligations heads a list of 67 initiatives in the ALP’s recently re;leased ‘Plan for jobs, although there’s no guarantee that the opposition would fully restore the CSO funding. The money would come from savings made through a “crackdown on poor quality providers and those who rort the system”, the document says, with any additional funding held back until the government had achieved at least a $100m operating surplus.
Full restoration of the $170m CSO funding stream is the main aim of Victorian TAFEs campaigning against the government’s May budget cuts.