TRACK RECORDS IN GOVERNMENT : TAFE
March 2012 - January 2015
February 2015 - current
- Made all VET funding fully contestable, with TAFE made into a commercially-driven statutory authority.
- By 2015, drove TAFE’s market share to 30% by supporting funding of for-profit RTOs, many of which are now been stripped of their credentials.
- Personal control of training investment through a ministerial council directing funding allocations.
- Drove student enrolments in TAFE and the number of people in apprenticeships to the lowest levels in decades
- Stripped TAFE of its assets by establishing the Queensland Training Assets Management Authority (QTAMA), forcing TAFE to compete against private providers for access to its own assets.
- Attempted to strip away a range of working rights of TAFE educators, including class size targets, non-attendance time, overtime and hours of duty.
- Closed and planned to sell TAFE campuses, especially in rural and regional areas, as part of a plan to reduce TAFE infrastructure by more than 50%.
- Defunded the Training Ombudsman, which investigated student complaints against RTOs.
- Cut the highly successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, which gave training support to disadvantaged jobseekers.
- Through the Rescuing TAFE fund of $34 million over three years, reinvested in TAFE as the trusted public provider.
- Refocused government investment on quality vocational education and training by ensuring that the high standards of the public provider are mirrored in private RTOs.
- Ended the planned asset sell-off, abolished QTAMA and returned TAFE assets to Department of Education and Training control.
- Restored regional access to local TAFE campuses
- Concluded an enterprise bargaining agreement that delivered wage rises and protected all working conditions for TAFE teachers.
- Invested in renewal of TAFE campuses to ensure facilities support high quality education.
- Reinstated the Training Ombudsman.
- Reinstated Skilling Queenslanders for Work with a $240m investment.
- Created Jobs Queensland as an independent advisor regarding training investment for the state.
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Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union