16 July 2015

Future for TAFE brighter with repeal of QTAMA Bill

TAFE Queensland’s future has been strengthened, and a key state election promise has been kept, by the Labor state government with the passage of the Queensland Training Asset Management Authority Repeal Bill 2015 through Parliament last night.

Once signed into law by the Governor (hopefully in August), the Bill will return the State’s training assets to the Department of Education and Training while a 10 year asset plan is developed. This will be done in consultation with stakeholders and includes an audit of training assets that is expected to be implemented by July 2016.

In short, this means that QTAMA as a statutory authority will be wound up with TAFE assets returned to the Department. The 2015/16 Budget Papers flagged the plan for QTAMA to cease to exist by the end of the financial year in 2016. The next step will be to decide on the final disposition of the assets with the QTU strongly recommending their return to TAFE Queensland for administration on behalf of all Queenslanders.

This action by the Palaszczuk government in its first year in office reclaims public control of public assets and will allow TAFE Queensland to continue to support Queensland individuals and communities in their quest for a better future.

The QTU acknowledges and appreciates the leadership of the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Minister for Skills and Training, Yvette D’Ath, in passing this legislation.

Further updates will be provided to members as this process progresses.

 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union