TAFE newsflash, 9 October 2020
In the first election announcement to specifically address TAFE, Queensland Labor has expressed support for TAFE Queensland and Central Queensland University as the public providers of vocational education and training in Queensland and announced a significant infrastructure plan to provide updated and future-ready facilities.
Should they win the forthcoming election, a Palaszczuk Labor government has committed to spending $100 million over three years. This includes $50 million in addition to the normal budget to boost the state economy out of the COVID-19 crisis.
The commitment identifies a number of specific projects across the state that build on the existing Palaszczuk government record of more than $150 million in infrastructure provision to public VET since 2017.
By region, the money is allocated as follows:
|North Queensland||(Townsville and Cairns)||$19.8 million|
(Bowen and Whitsundays
|Wide Bay||(Bundaberg and Hervey Bay)||$5.5 million|
The commitment is aimed at providing facilities to engage industry and deliver training in areas of the new economy and new technologies, and to extend and update existing vocational areas. These include:
- renewable energy
- cyber security
This is a positive commitment to the public provision of vocational education, which will allow TAFE Queensland and Central Queensland University to provide up-to-date delivery and assessment, particularly in emerging industries and technologies.
There is always an element of “build it and they will come”, and it will need to be matched by investment in those who provide the actual delivery, the educational staff. The funded hours required to deliver the identified training need to be committed to as well. We will await further announcements.
You can access the relevant policy documents on the QTU election page via the following links:
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
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