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Vic’s ACFE joins TAFE “in crisis”

 24 September 2014

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The travails besetting  Victoria’s TAFE sector have spread to its Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) sector with the ACFE board  2013-14 annual report showing a $1.1 million loss for the ACFE Board after a $11 million cut in state government funding.   ACFE returned a $9.4 million surplus in 2012-13.

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 The sector has had a precipitous drop in government income from its peak in 2011-12  – down 80% – and since 2009-10 – down 40%.

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Summary information from the Adult, Community and Further Education Board’s reports for 2013-14, with comparative data for the previous four years.

2013-14 ($’000) 2012-13 ($’000) 2011-12 ($’000) 2010-11 ($’000) 2009-10 ($’000)
Income from government 26,200 37,122 116,503 64,211 42,182
Total income from transactions 26,200 37,122 113,695 64,180 58,883
Total expenses from transactions 27,355 27,748 113,695 64,180 58,883
Net result from transactions (1,155) 9,374 2,808 32 (922)
Other economic flows included in net result 29 (6) (53) 0 0
Net result for the period (1,126) 9,368 2,755 32 (922)
Net cash flow from operating activities 0 0 0 (7,166) 1,662
Total assets 42,214 43,125 24,990 40,564 31,936
Total liabilities 1,403 1,188 540 18,869 10,168

Key points of the report include:

  • There were training subsidy cuts of between 20% and 80% from the government subsidy rate for over 2000 courses.
  • Some 198 Learn Local centres (61%) had their funding reduced in 2013-14, and 118 had a 30% or greater reduction in funding.
  • Across Victoria 15 ACFE centres close meaning large parts of the state were uncovered by ACFE.

Approaching the state election in November, Labor spokesperson Steve Herbert said that  with the worst rates of youth unemployment on the Australian mainland,  TAFE and dult and community education is in crisis:

Labor has a plan for jobs and growth, but Denis Napthine is cutting funds, cutting skills and making it harder for people to find work.

Adult and community education trains and supports Victoria’s most disadvantaged job seekers.

Government-subsidised accredited and pre-accredited training delivery to educationally disadvantaged learners in 2013.

Learner characteristic* Total VET system enrolments Learn Local enrolments Proportion of total Learn Local enrolments
Number As proportion of VET system
Indigenous learners 6,500 1,000 15% 2%
Disengaged youth 36,000 4,100 11% 7%
Vulnerable workers 72,200 12,800 18% 23%
Learners with a disability 40,500 11,500 28% 21%
Males aged 45-64 45,000 4,800 11% 9%
Unemployed 134,800 18,000 13% 33%
CALD 137,500 15,200 11% 28%
Early school leavers 173,600 12,200 7% 22%

We were unable to locate any Victorian government statement.

 

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