Media Coverage of TAFE Cuts 19-22 June
Council split on education union action
By MARA PATTISON-SOWDEN, 20th June 2012 12:25:57 PM
COUNCILLORS stood divided about a move to support a union-run campaign against the State Government’s $300 million budget cuts to TAFE colleges.
At the Yarra Ranges Council meeting on Tuesday 12 June, five of them moved the motion to support the campaign and write to the State Government, asking it to reverse its decision to cut the training and salary budgets of TAFE colleges across the state.
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TAFE cuts: Premier, work with us for a fair go
20 Jun, 2012 04:00 AM
I would like to address the State Government’s proposal to cut TAFE funding and courses.
This could see a teaching crisis, with cuts in the number of teaching positions available and the reduction of other TAFE staff.
Protest builds over 'confounding' TAFE cuts
20 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM
A BACKLASH is building against the state government's drastic TAFE funding cuts that will leave Victoria University with a $32million shortfall next year.
Students taking part in a protest at VU's St Albans campus on Thursday called on the government to reverse the $300 million cuts that are forcing the closure of hundreds of courses and threatening up to 2000 teaching jobs.
Baillieu defends TAFE cuts
Kate Dowler | June 20, 2012
PREMIER Ted Baillieu says comparisons of his TAFE spending cuts with the Kennett era are nonsense.
Mr Baillieu's address to the Rural Press Club of Victoria in Ballarat last week was marred by protesters angry at the spending cuts. About 200 people gathered outside the lunch.
TAFE cuts hit those in need of help
Benjamin Preiss, June 22, 2012
WHEN Ben Carbonaro began studying at RMIT's TAFE he was paired with a ''buddy'' who helped with reading and taking notes.
Mr Carbonaro has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, and he relied on support services throughout his TAFE studies that led to a journalism degree.
'Comfort' letters leave TAFE discomfited
by: John Ross, June 22, 2012 12:00AM
SEVEN weeks after Victoria revealed its plan to eliminate funding distinctions between public and private training colleges, the government has pledged to underwrite TAFEs' debts. Skills Minister Peter Hall told parliament that several TAFE boards had requested “letters of comfort” guaranteeing financial support in the event that they found themselves in deficit and without cash reserves. He said the government would meet these requests.
The move follows recent government cash advances to at least two regional TAFEs, to ensure they could pay their staff, in the months preceding the latest state government budget cuts.
Govt to underwrite TAFE debt
22/06/2012 By intermediatescan
After 2 months of uproar and protests over budget measures that place funding arrangements for public TAFE institutes on the same basis as private registered training organisations, the Victorian government has said it will underwrite TAFE debts. Skills Minister Peter Hall told parliament that several TAFE boards had requested “letters of comfort” guaranteeing financial support in the event that they found themselves in deficit and without cash reserves. He said the government would meet these requests. Opposition skills spokesperson Steve Herbert says the move implies a level of responsibility over and above obligations to private colleges.
Council tackles TAFE cutbacks
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 09:36
MITCHELL Shire Council has resolved to write to the Premier of Victoria Ted Ballieu and Minister of Higher Education Peter Hall to reconsider their cuts TAFE institutes across Victoria, in particular Seymour’s GoTAFE campus.
GoTAFE’s Seymour campus is the main vocational education and training institute in the Mitchell Shire, with several district organisations utilising the institute.
Decrying design's dismantling
Ray Edgar, June 22, 2012
SPECIALIST design and craft departments in Victoria's TAFEs, including glass, ceramics, tapestries, metals and jewellery, are closing down or drastically downsizing, following the Victorian government's May 1 budget slashing of subsidies to 80 per cent of TAFE courses.
''Fields such as interior and graphic design [also] are not seen as the traditional hard skill areas so they're not given the same level of [financial support], yet it's these areas that are developing real creativity and innovation,'' says John Maddock, chief executive of Box Hill TAFE.