Media Coverage of TAFE Cuts, 6-10 July 2012
Swinburne to shut Lilydale campus
Benjamin Preiss and Craig Butt, July 6, 2012
Swinburne University will make 240 jobs redundant and close its Lilydale campus, it has revealed this afternoon.
The university reported it would stop offering TAFE courses including hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism. Other courses with low enrolments will also be cut.
Lilydale campus closure shocks students
Benjamin Preiss and Tom Arup , July 7, 2012
AMIE Watson had hoped to continue studying next year but fears she will have to abandon her plans. Ms Watson is a TAFE student studying liberal arts at Swinburne University's Lilydale campus. The university announced yesterday it would close the Lilydale campus next year.
From July 1 it will stop offering courses there. The closure is part of a broader restructure at Swinburne that will claim up to 240 jobs.
Hundreds of jobs at risk in TAFE funding cuts
by: John Ross, July 07, 2012 12:00AM
SWINBURNE University will shed up to 340 staff and may close two campuses in the most dramatic response yet to the Baillieu government's $300 million TAFE budget cuts.
The Melbourne institution, which has both university and TAFE divisions, plans to close its Lilydale and Prahran campuses next year. The sites may be sold to finance upgrades at its other three campuses.
TAFE cuts to hurt Advanced Manufacturing
7 Jul 12
The federal government is encouraging the advanced manufacturing sector to up skill workers to ensure a viable sector for the future, but state governments are slashing TAFE funding.
In order for Australia's advanced manufacturing sector to overcome the headwinds being faced by the high Australian dollar, the sector needs to adopt innovation to remain competitive on the global stage. But, in order to be innovative the sector needs a continuous supply of skilled workers that the TAFE network traditionally provides.
TAFE funding cuts cause Swinburne University to close Lilydale campus
Ashley Gardiner, July 06, 2012 8:30PM
MORE than 2500 students face uncertainty over the future of their education after Swinburne University announced it would close its Lilydale campus and axe 240 jobs.
Courses in leisure, hospitality, recreation and tourism will be dumped, and the future of the Prahran campus is unclear.
Vic's Swinburne Uni to close campus
by: By Melissa Jenkins, July 06, 2012 5:43PM
Swinburne University of Technology will close its Lilydale campus in Melbourne's outer east, home to 3000 students, and up to 240 staff will lose their jobs.
TAFE courses in areas such as hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism will no longer be offered, and courses in low demand will also be dumped.
Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology to shut campus, axe jobs
From: AAP, July 06, 2012 3:30PM
SWINBURNE University of Technology will close its Lilydale campus in Melbourne's outer east, with up to 240 staff to lose their jobs.
TAFE courses in hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism will no longer be offered. Classes in low demand will also be dumped.
Swinburne restructure to cut 240 jobs
Updated July 06, 2012 17:10:26
Swinburne University in Melbourne has announced a major restructure which will result in 240 job losses, cuts to TAFE courses and the closure of a campus.
The university says from next year it will no longer offer courses in hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism, necessitating the closure of its Lilydale campus.
Shocked: Lilydale TAFE students speak out
BY CLAIRE THWAITES, 06 Jul, 2012 05:17 PM
SHOCKED Swinburne TAFE students have expressed disappointment at news of the Lilydale campus’ closure.
Liberal arts student Amie Watson said she learnt the news via Facebook.
Swinburne to close campus, cuts jobs
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Swinburne University of Technology will close its Lilydale campus in Melbourne's outer east and up to 240 staff will lose their jobs.
TAFE courses in hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism will no longer be offered, and courses in low demand will also be dumped.
Look! It’s a Baillieu balls-up
Stephen Matchett, The Common Room Blog | 09 July 2012
Not at Swinburne it isn’t.
WHICH genius decided to announce a new structure at Swinburne University of Technology at the same time as job cuts? Because the message the university wanted the world to hear - “ ‘high-quality’ blah, ‘high-impact’ blather” and so forth and so on - was lost as everybody focused on the 240 poor sods who will lose their jobs.
Ballarat will suffer from TAFE cuts: unions
NEELIMA CHOAHAN, 08 Jul, 2012 11:59 PM
RESIDENTS and students fear the state government’s TAFE cuts will inflict a lasting blow on Ballarat’s social fabric leaving young people with fewer options.
The concerns were raised at a public meeting organised to protest against the $300 million cuts to the sector in the recent state budget.
Regional centres will be poorer: education cuts
Editorial, 09 Jul, 2012 08:20 AM
THE anger at state government cuts to the TAFE sector continues to grow momentum as the implications for regional Victoria become better understood.
This newspaper has many times deplored the funding cuts. It is obvious there will be significant pain from the jobs lost to the sector at a time when other areas such as manufacturing are inflicting their own level of pain to Ballarat.
Opinion: Testing times for vocational training
Peter Dawkins, 9 July 2012
Australia needs to expand its tertiary education substantially to meet the skills needs of a dynamic economy.
Consequently, federal and state governments have adopted “learning entitlements” with guaranteed government funding attached. It is a good idea but faces significant design challenges.
Swinburne joins Baillieu’s casualty list
SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research & LAURA SMYTH, MP, Member for La Trobe MEDIA RELEASE 6 July 2012
Swinburne University of Technology has become the latest casualty following Premier Baillieu’s decision to rip $300 million from Victorian TAFES.
The Baillieu Government has slashed Swinburne’s annual funding by $35 million resulting in today’s decision to close the Lilydale campus and cut 240 jobs.
Fear for VCAL education cuts in Casey
9 Jul 12 @ 05:00am by Hayley Sultanie
EXPERTS fear for the future of Casey's VCAL students who may suffer a double blow from education cuts by the State Government.
Schools have already had to adapt VCAL programs to deal with funding losses, but the same students may suffer when the full extent of TAFE cuts are revealed.
Regional TAFEs: The unkindest cut
Benjamin Preiss, July 7, 2012
THE Waratah training restaurant would be buzzing if it weren't the mid-year break. The Morwell eatery is usually a gathering place for community groups and locals who want a decent meal at a reasonable price. The cutlery is still arranged neatly on the round tables, covered with crisp white cloths and large black material squares. But the eerie quiet offers a glimpse into a shaky future.
The Waratah is one of three GippsTAFE training restaurants where apprentice chefs learn their trade before heading out into the Gippsland region to work. All three restaurants, the institute warns, may close. They could become casualties of the state government's $290 million funding cut to the TAFE sector.
Students without courses and staff without jobs after Swinburne closes Lilydale campus
Posted by: 3AW Radio | 6 July, 2012 - 2:06 PM
More than one thousand TAFE students will be denied courses and 240 staff will lose their jobs after Swinburne University's decision to close its Lilydale campus.
Courses in hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism will no longer be offered, and courses in low demand will also be dumped from 1st July 2013.
Letters: The facts about state education funding
PETER HALL, Minister for Higher Education and Skills, 06 Jul, 2012 10:43 AM
While much has been written and said about changes to funding for the state's vocational education and training (VET) system, the one fact that has been missed is that the Victorian Coalition government has actually committed more not less funding for training over the next four years.
When the former Labor government introduced the current uncapped demand-driven system in 2008, with full implementation beginning in 2011, little did they imagine the massive cost blowout they would trigger and the proliferation in training providers competing with TAFE institutes for government funding.
Will this coalition survive?
Benjamin Priess, July 10, 2012 - 12:00AM
Anger over cuts to TAFE has put pressure on the fragile union between the Liberals and the Nationals.THE MARRIAGE has fallen apart before. Now, less than four years after a shaky reconciliation, the problems that had previously plagued this convenient political union have returned.
Given job losses and the huge impact on regional Victoria of budget cuts forcing the closure of TAFE courses, it is hardly surprising that talk has turned to the stability of the coalition between the state Liberal and National parties. Angry memories of government neglect of rural issues when the parties last governed — under the premiership of Jeff Kennett from 1992 to 1999 — are being revived.
Kyneton TAFE campus to close
10 Jul 12 @ 05:05am by Barry Kennedy
BENDIGO Regional Institute of TAFE will close its Kyneton campus in another blow to education.
In recent years both the primary and secondary school have missed out on federal funding, the Kyneton Education Plan has stalled, maintenance problems at the secondary college have been raised and the Lady Brooks Kindergarten has reached capacity.
Get active to stem TAFE cuts
10 Jul 12 @ 05:00am by Bridie Byrne
A CALL to arms has been made to Victoria University staff and students to stand against course cuts.
Yarraville teacher Margarita Windisch said a united voice was needed to overturn the cuts after $32 million was slashed from the TAFE budget.
Invest in TAFE, not the dead end of jail
BY SARAH HARRIS, 10 Jul, 2012 12:00 AM
With Bastille Day just about upon us, it seems as good a time as any to consider the problem of escalating prison populations as many governments grapple with overcrowded jails and soaring correctional costs.
For example, in Brazil inmates are being offered creative incentives to get out of jail quicker.
Pall of gloom on Lilydale campus
BY CLAIRE THWAITES, 10 Jul, 2012 04:00 AM
STUDENTS at Swinburne TAFE's Lilydale campus were left reeling last week at news that the campus will be closed from July next year.
The closure, announced on Friday afternoon, will force the campus's 2500 enrolled students to move to Swinburne's other campuses or find new courses elsewhere.
Swinburne Uni dumps Lilydale
10 Jul 12 @ 05:00am by Kimberley Seedy
SWINBURNE University will close its Lilydale campus next year.
A statement on the university's website last Friday said fewer TAFE courses that could be viably offered, coupled with a decline in demand for higher education at Lilydale, meant it would not offer courses at Lilydale from July 1 next year.
Baillieu has betrayed Victorians with TAFE cuts
HANS PAAS, CASTLEMAINE
09 Jul, 2012 04:00 AM
As a person who helps job seekers into work in the Bendigo region, I have just reviewed the TAFE lists indicating the current course offerings and those that have been or are to be axed.
It makes for deeply disturbing reading.