Media Coverage of TAFE Cuts up to June 5
PETER HILL, 29 May, 2012 03:36 AM
CONCERNS held by students and staff over existing Advance TAFE courses will not be answered for a number of weeks.
Advance TAFE chief executive Peter Heilbuth told the Gippsland Times he and the TAFE’s board were working carefully through an analysis of existing courses, staffing and facilities and did not expect to be able to make any announcements until mid-June.
Council appeals for Gordon cash review: Funding’s ‘belly flop’
By Cherie Donnellan, 31st May 2012 02:52:14 PM
GEELONG'S council has called on State Government to review $14.6 million in funding stripped from Gordon Institute of TAFE.
But a Liberal MP has defended the Government’s funding cuts as targeting “wasteful” programs training students in subjects such as fitness and belly dancing.
Senator the Hon Chris Evans: Media Releases, 31 May 2012
Time ticks on Victorian TAFE job losses
The clock is now ticking on up to 2000 Victorian jobs after new data from the Victorian TAFE Association was released today showing the impact of the Baillieu Government's decision to cut $300 million from Victorian TAFEs.
The analysis shows that more than 550 Victorian jobs will be lost by July this year - around 200 TAFE teaching and support jobs across regional Victoria and 350 in metropolitan TAFE institutes and dual sector providers.
TAFE funding cuts a community disaster
31 May, 2012 04:00 AM
DURING the past week we have been alerted to the cuts in the recent State Budget and how they will affect the local TAFE institute.
The loss of 30 per cent of income, amounting to $3 million for our local TAFE and the subsequent loss of 26 staff and significant programs, services and resources is documented.
Education is more than a 'bottom line'
01 Jun, 2012 01:35 PM
HOW do you put a dollar value on an education in the arts?
I have seen so many students come through the Arts Academy: different backgrounds, ages and stories to tell.
Mums have explained how valuable the engagement in arts practice has been for their child who has been in the wilderness.
Government cuts hurt the most vulnerable
01 Jun, 2012 01:41 PM
Well may Liberal MLC Simon Ramsay (The Courier, May 29) justify the $300 million cuts to TAFE funding by saying that 'the party is over' and we need to focus TAFE on training in 'productive and specialist skills areas'.
Looking over the list of 57 courses listed to cease at the University of Ballarat TAFE campuses next year, I struggle to identify which ones were not productive.
Twenty jobs could go in Warragul GippsTAFE funding cuts
By William Kulich, 1 June 2012, 12.05PM..
GippsTAFE CEO Dr Peter Whitley told The Warragul Citizen the institute expects to lose between 35 and 70 staff because of the cuts, including between 10 and 15 at its Warragul campus.
“I have already had a number of meetings with staff who are going to be affected, [and] I will probably commence those redundancies in the next two or three weeks,” Dr Whitley said.
Evans’ TAFE “big day out” in Victoria
01/06/2012 By intermediatescan
Commonwealth skills minister Chris Evans had a busy “Victorian TAFE Cuts Day” in Melbourne on 31 May, starting with an ABC Radio interview, a meeting with TAFE leaders at NMIT and a doorstop. He called on the Victorian Government to revisit its decision to cut millions of dollars from the system, which he described as undermining the training effort and putting the future of TAFEs under threat. Evans made it clear that the Commonwealth would be looking carefully at the levers available to it to negotiate changes, notably $435 million in incentive funding available toVictoria over the next five years. Acknowledging that it would be counterproductive to take action that might further harm training in Victoria, he said: http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2012/06/01/330201_news.html
Mass rally for Gordon
Cameron Best | June 1st, 2012
Video Link: Rally for TAFE
ANGRY: Students and staff protest at The Gordon yesterday Photos: PETER RISTEVSKI
More than 1200 people rallied in Geelong to protest against the State Government's cuts to the TAFE sector.
TAFE teachers and support staff already worried about their jobs have been warned against speaking publicly as the State Government prepares to cut $300 million from the sector.
Vic gov't tries to crush TAFE stepping stone
Sue Bolton, Saturday, June 2, 2012
Anger and concern is spreading as people become aware of the scale of the cuts to the TAFE sector. The Baillieu government said it would slash $300 million from the TAFE sector in Victoria.
At a public meeting titled “TAFE Cuts, Education and the Capitalist Crisis”, the president of the National Tertiary Education Union’s University of Ballarat branch, Jeremy Smith said 57 courses were being totally axed at Ballarat TAFE.
Who says markets don't pay?
June 02, 2012 12:00AM
A SHIFT to the private sector hasn't done much for the bottom line of Victoria's training budget - not so far, at any rate.
But you wouldn’t necessarily say the same thing about a former skills advisor to Julia Gillard, who helped encourage the spread of training markets.
Now, as a principal with a national consultancy, he’s there to help when training markets go wrong – in Victoria, for instance – as he made clear in a letter offering to help the state’s TAFEs deal with their $300 million funding cut.
Inner-city courses go in TAFE cuts
3 Jun 12 @ 05:00am by Nic Price
INNER-city TAFEs will suffer heavy job losses due to State Government funding cuts, says the Victorian TAFE Association.
But the Government said claims up to 1500 jobs in metropolitan TAFEs could go was “scaremongering”.
Students taking the TAFE option
June 4, 2012
WHEN Melissa Robb was in year 11 she did a certificate two in animal studies at WoofPurNay Veterinary Hospital.
She says her school, Casey Grammar in Cranbourne, helped find places for students who wanted to do vocational subjects and encouraged them to think about TAFE as an option after year 12, because it could lead to university later.
At trade school, pain grows over TAFE cuts
BY CAMERON LUCADOU-WELLS, 04 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM
TAFE graphic arts and printing teacher Terry O'Neill cannot bear to think of the wasted young talent when funding cuts of $25.5 million bite at Chisholm Institute of TAFE.
Mr O'Neill, who has taught at Chisholm and Holmesglen TAFE for 12 years, intends to retire next year and so has no fears for his own welfare, but said staff morale was "pretty bad" as they contemplate the possibility of mass sackings and redundancies.
TAFE cuts affect 200 in Frankston
4 Jun 12 @ 05:00am by Deborah Morris
CHISHOLM TAFE’S $25 million budget cuts will put up to 200 local jobs at risk, a Frankston councillor said.
Frankston councillors voted last week to lobby the Premier, state Treasurer and relevant ministers, as well as the Prime Minister and other local councils, to reverse the State Government’s “unprecedented decision”.
TAFE cuts: Council to push for lifeline
04 Jun, 2012 04:00 AM
GREATER Dandenong Council will lobby the state government against cuts to Chisholm Institute of TAFE, which has a major campus in Dandenong.
Following a motion passed by councillors last Monday, the council will write to Premier Ted Baillieu, Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall and local MPs to stress the institute's "vital role" in developing skills and educational opportunities to reduce unemployment.
Rorts blast: Crisp says organisations ripping off system caused TAFE cuts
LIZ O’ BRIEN, 04 Jun, 2012 04:00 AM
TRAINING agencies rorting the education system’s subsidy scheme have been blamed for TAFE’s funding cuts.
Member for Mildura Peter Crisp yesterday said some Victorian education providers had caused a blow out in the State Government’s previous Budgets by oversupplying courses that attracted high subsidy rates. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-04/courtroom-funding-questioned/4050212/?site=centralvic§ion=news
Courtroom funding questioned
Updated June 04, 2012 11:58:48
The State Opposition has criticised the Government for funding a new courtroom in Bendigo after cutting millions of dollars from country Victoria's TAFE sector.
After complaints about the city's historic court building, the Government has committed $8 million to upgrade the old Bendigo police station as a new courtroom.
Ramsay should defend honest TAFE providers
04 Jun, 2012 03:27 PM
Simon Ramsay's letter to the Editor " TAFE cuts hysteria is political opportunism" (May 29), omits some very important facts:
It was the Baillieu government who continued for 18 months to fund dodgy, fly-by-night private training providers who were ripping off the system, before deciding to do something about it.
TAFE cuts: Frankston Council to lobby for funds
BY ALECIA PINNER, 05 Jun, 2012 04:00 AM
FRANKSTON Council will campaign for the state government to reverse its decision to slash TAFE funding.
The unemployment rate in Frankston has risen from 5.9 to 7.58 per cent since the last state election. "The withdrawal of funding from TAFE will exacerbate this problem," Cr Colin Hampton said.
TAFE cuts raise crime fears
BY STEPHANIE ZEVENBERGEN
05 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM
HUME authorities hold grave concerns that TAFE funding cuts will lead to increased unemployment and crime among the city's youth.
Cr Geoff Porter said the state government's cuts in spending to 80 per cent of vocational courses would impact Hume severely.
TAFEs campaign on community attitudes
John Ross, June 05, 2012 12:00AM
VICTORIAN TAFEs are hoping community attitudes will reinforce their push for the state government to reconsider funding cuts announced in last month's state budget.
The Victorian TAFE Association has cited research it commissioned in December, in letters seeking support from state and federal politicians, mayors and peak industry bodies.
Evans dismisses Federal VET takeover, won't cost shift
Andew Trounson, June 05, 2012 12:00AM
Tertiary education minister Chris Evans has dismissed suggestions that a Commonwealth takeover of vocational education and training is the way to solve policy challenges in the sector.
These have recently been highlighted by its dispute with Victoria over the state’s budget cuts to public TAFES.
Senator Evans also ruled out expanding sub-degree places to make up for Victoria's cuts, saying that would just be cost shifting.
Printers shocked by RMIT closure
Benjamin Preiss, June 5, 2012
RMIT University will close the only TAFE training centre in Victoria where apprentices can prepare for a printing career.
The university intends to use the centre for other courses despite a printing industry association's plans to continue teaching apprentices there.