Media Coverage of TAFE Cuts to 13 June
TAFE pain grows
BY CATHERINE WATSON, 11 Jun, 2012 04:00 AM
TWO months ago, Josh Idzes couldn't even write his address.
His teachers did their best but, with almost 30 in his year 9 class, didn't have time to give him the attention he needed.
At just 14, he was running out of educational opportunities. On the day he turned 15, his desperate mother enrolled him in a TAFE course at Chisholm Institute's Cranbourne campus.
Auslan course cut a bad sign
11 Jun 12 @ 05:05am by Harrison Tippet
BRUNSWICK resident Brett Bailey was only four months into his full-time Australian Sign Language diploma when he was told the course would be axed.
Following recent TAFE funding cuts, the Kangan Institute will close its Auslan course, the only one of its kind in Victoria.
Students fear South West TAFE course closure
PETER COLLINS, 09 Jun, 2012 04:00 AM
DANI Miller balances her time between working part-time at her mother’s hairdressing salon and studying so she can do the bookwork.
But she’s worried about the future of her South West TAFE business administration course which will be hit by big cutbacks in government subsidy.
Dandenong Council moves to curb TAFE funding cuts
9 Jun 12 @ 05:05am by Dimity Barber
THE Dandenong Council will lobby local MPs and liaise with neighbouring councils against TAFE funding cuts.
Dandenong councillor Peter Brown submitted a notice of motion at a meeting last Monday in response to the “savage” cuts, which will have an effect on Cranbourne’s Chisholm TAFE.
Equestrian centre will ride on
BY JORDAN OLIVER, 08 Jun, 2012 08:25 PM
The University of Ballarat has moved to quash fears the Mount Rowan Equestrian Centre could close – forcing regular tenants Riding for the Disabled out into the cold.
Victorian opposition spokesman for racing Martin Pakula said the centre was under threat because of the government’s “savage” funding cuts to TAFE colleges.
Trades Hall slams cuts
BY FIONA HENDERSON, 08 Jun, 2012 11:59 PM
THE Ballarat Trades and Labour Council has called on Ballarat City Council to condemn the state government’s recent TAFE funding cuts.
BTLC secretary Paul Clempson said council should call for the immediate restitution of the $100 million in funding slashed in the state budget.
Budget cut to hurt our community
WORRIED: Michelle Hoffman, Linda Hughes and Helen Hill are worried service courses will be hit hard.
GOTAFE staff, students voice fears
By SHANA MORGAN, 8 June 2012
TAFE teachers and students rallied in Wangaratta on Wednesday to send the State Government a message the community will suffer if arts, business and sports courses are cut.
About 30 Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE) staff and students gathered outside the Murphy Street office of Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley), calling on him speak out against the budget cuts they say will hurt the community.
Impact of TAFE cuts on Shepparton still not known
By Chloe Warburton, JUNE 8, 2012 4:13am
The effect on Shepparton of a $300 million cut to TAFE funding is still unclear, with a union confirming a ‘‘communications meeting’’ took place yesterday, but there was no indication yet of potential job losses.
While Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE in Shepparton is still assessing the effect of the Victorian Government funding cuts, other institutes have already announced redundancies and the scrapping of courses.
TAFE cuts force students to move away
12 Jun 12 @ 05:00am by James Twining
A FOOTSCRAY sign language student is considering moving to the other side of the country to finish her Auslan studies.
Briony Hamilton will be three-quarters of the way through her two-year Diploma of Auslan (Australian Sign Language) at Kangan Institute of TAFE when the course is scrapped.
TAFE cuts deal a blow to Victoria University
BY BENJAMIN MILLAR, 12 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM
COURSES will be slashed, fees will skyrocket and 50 jobs will go as Victoria University scrambles to deal with a $32 million TAFE funding black hole.
More than $100 million was cut from fee subsidies for courses in the 2012-13 state budget, forcing TAFE providers to hit students with big fee increases or axe courses and jobs.
Swinburne TAFE to axe jobs
12 Jun 12 @ 05:05am by Angus Livingston
SWINBURNE TAFE will have to sack staff and cut courses as the full impact of the State Government Budget cuts has become apparent.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Linda Kristjanson said the university would be down $35 million in 2013.
Kangan TAFE course cut falls on deaf ears
12 Jun 12 @ 05:05am by Sally Spalding
LEARNING to “sign” has been a labour of love for Kangan TAFE student Bridget Barwick.
But funding cuts mean, despite having one year to go, she won’t be able to finish her course and enrol in the interpreters course at RMIT University as planned.
Preston institute presses ahead in spite of TAFE funding cuts
12 Jun 12 @ 05:00am by News Limited
NORTHERN Melbourne Institute of TAFE will push ahead with its $24 million building project in Preston.
Chief executive Andy Giddy said despite the savage $25 million State Government cut to programs at the institute, NMIT was likely to pick up students from other TAFEs.
Market grows, transparency shrinks
by: John Ross, June 09, 2012 12:00AM
THE Victorian government has tried to hide information about the composition of its open training market, after private colleges overtook TAFEs for the first time.
The state education department has removed a market share breakdown from its latest quarterly report on its training system. The breakdown – the proportions of enrolments going to TAFEs, private providers and community colleges – has featured prominently in previous reports since the government opened training funds to private competition in 2009.
Dawkins reviews training standards
by: John Ross, June 09, 2012 12:00AM
FORMER Treasurer John Dawkins will spearhead a review of training standards, as governments move to stamp out low quality courses and rorting of funds.
The review, which will advise on regulatory standards for some 5000 colleges around the country, follows last year's establishment of a national authority to take over from state-based vocational training regulators.
Hidden reports tell of job cuts
by: John Ross, June 13, 2012 12:00AM
THE Victorian government has buried independent reports which apparently prove it had prior knowledge that its vocational training budget cuts could cost hundreds of jobs.
TAFEs have estimated the May 1 funding cuts will cost about $300 million and up to 2100 jobs. Skills Minister Peter Hall has dismissed the claims as "premature" and "speculative".
However, it has now emerged the government engaged consultancy group KPMG to model the financial impact of the "reduced budget envelope" on each TAFE.
Funding cuts result in 50 job losses
By ALESHA CAPONE, 12th June 2012 08:58:07 AM
VICTORIA University has announced it could lose up to $32 million in funding by 2013, after the State Government announced they would cut financial support for TAFEs.
The university’s deputy vice-chancellor, Professor Anne Jones, said approximately 50 employee positions would be made redundant within the institution’s Technical Trades Innovation and Workforce Development facilities.
TAFEs to cop brunt of public sector job cuts: opposition
by: John Ross, June 13, 2012 12:00AM
NSW opposition MPs say TAFE colleges will incur a disproportionate share of up to 10,000 public sector job cuts, as the state government winds down training over the next year.
While TAFEs were spared a Victorian-style slash and burn in yesterday's state budget, they received $16 million less than last year, with training delivery projected to decline by almost 250,000 contact hours. The budget also allocated $13m less to TAFE infrastructure and $25m less to support the training system.
TAFE cuts protest rally
12 Jun, 2012 12:00 PM
ADVANCE TAFE staff, students and supporters will protest the government’s TAFE funding cuts outside Deputy Premier Peter Ryan’s Sale office tomorrow.
National Tertiary Education Union TAFE Gippsland branch secretary Sharon Spears said the cuts would hit the whole community.
Vic Uni TAFE courses go as funding slashed
BY BENJAMIN MILLAR, 13 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM
VICTORIA University will dump TAFE courses, including some at its Werribee campus, as it scrambles to deal with a $32million funding black hole.
More than $100million was cut from fee subsidies for courses in the 2012-13 state budget, forcing TAFE providers to hit students with big fee increases or to axe courses and jobs.
$25m in cuts will damage NMIT
8 Jun 12 @ 05:00am by Suzanne Robson
MORE than 100 staff could lose their jobs and diploma costs could double at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, its chief executive has warned.
Dr Andrew Giddy said State Budget funding cuts to programs at NMIT, which has a campus in Epping, would have a huge impact.