No. 03-2013, 17 May 2013

Government Reveals Draft VET Investment Plan

The Queensland Government has released its draft VET Investment Plan 2013-2014. Details (including the plan, supporting documents and a presentation) are accessible at: http://training.qld.gov.au/information/investing-in-skills/index.html.

The Plan, titled Investing in Skills, arises from the recommendations of the Skills and Training Taskforce. Key features include:

  • direction of public investment to qualifications ‘that are more likely to lead to employment’;
  • introduction of a ‘student entitlement scheme’ for Certificate III training;
  • ‘improved’ prioritisation of government funded skills courses;
  • expansion of the use of student loans for diploma and advanced diploma courses. 

For TAFE Institutes, a key feature of the plan is the transition to a fully contestable (‘demand driven’) funding system from 1 July 2014. The Plan sets out base rates of funding for different types of courses and the minimum student fees. It also sets out the initial qualifications selected for contestability in 2013-14.  

The plan has been released for consultation (including with TAFE teachers) but, once again, the consultation period is extremely abbreviated. The QTU will be responding and encourages its TAFE members to provide feedback, both to the QTU and to the Government.

The deadline for feedback on the proposed VET Investment Plan is Friday, 24 May 2013.

To provide feedback, send your submission to:

skillsinvestment@dete.qld.gov.au

or

Investing in Skills consultation
Skills Investment
Department of Education, Training and Employment
PO Box 15033
City East, Qld, 4002

Feedback can sent to the QTU at qtu@.asn.au or to the QTU postal address below.