The Queensland Government has passed legislation to establish the new TAFE Queensland as an independent statutory body.
The minister for education, training and employment John-Paul Langbroek said the new entity will manage all TAFE institutes from 1 July this year. It follows the recommendations of a review undertaken by the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce.
Langbroek said one of the first tasks will be to recruit up to nine board members with commercial experience and in-depth knowledge of VET in order to set the organisational structure of TAFE Queensland.
I will appoint the interim CEO, however all future CEO appointments will be made by the board to reflect the independent nature of the new TAFE Queensland. By setting up TAFE Queensland as an independent statutory body, we will be stronger and more responsive to the skills and training needs of students and industry.
There will be a 12 month transitional phase after TAFE Queensland is formally established on 1 July 2013, during which “it will be business as usual for all TAFE staff and students.”