Media Coverage on TAFE Cuts up to 7 June
Victorian TAFE cuts: an attack on working people
David McLean, 6 June 2012, 6.27am AEST
The phrase “class warfare” has been thrown around a lot in the media and within political circles recently – usually without much basis.
But in Victoria it is very real; the current Liberal Government has declared open class warfare on the state’s workers through the drastic downsizing of publicly funded TAFE institutes.
Victorian TAFE workers protest cuts
TAFE staff across Victoria are staging a rolling series of protests against the Victorian government’s plan to slash nearly $300 million from public providers. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has called on Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu to reverse the More…
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Shepparton TAFE protest rally today
By Chloe Warburton, JUNE 6, 2012 4:31am
The effect on Shepparton of a $300 million funding cut to TAFE institutes across Victoria remains unknown, with many still waiting to hear about potential impacts on jobs and courses.
Nevertheless, a rally today at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE in Shepparton will protest the Victorian Government’s budget move last month.
'Glimmer of hope' for TAFE
BY NIKITA VAZ, 04 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM
GIPPSLAND'S TAFE sector could be presented with a glimmer of hope, according to Latrobe City Mayor Ed Vermeulen.
In a meeting with Latrobe City Council over recent funding cuts to the vocational training sector, State Skills Minister Peter Hall assured council he would "financially reexamine" issues associated with the cuts.
Box Hill TAFE could shed 200 jobs
BY KRISTIAN SILVA, 05 Jun, 2012 02:14 PM
UP to 200 jobs could be slashed from the Box Hill Institute of TAFE as a result of state government funding cuts.
The TAFE’s chief executive, John Maddock (pictured), said the number of redundancies would be announced once the institute completed its analysis of how to absorb $24 million of lost government funds.
The changing face of TAFEs
John Ross explains what's happening in vocational training across Australia and reveals why the future of TAFEs is uncertain.
5 June 2012
Demand for action
BY LYNDA MCRAE, 04 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM
IF the Federal Government has not announced serious new job opportunities for the Latrobe Valley by September it faces a vocal union backlash.
That was the warning from Gippsland Trades and Labor Council on Thursday following the launch of another report on the Latrobe Valley's future, this time by State Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall.
Trainees to pay the price of funding cuts
by: John Ross, June 06, 2012 12:00AM
VICTORIAN funding cuts will decimate traineeships in the service industries and could breach contract law, according to a private college owner.
Nic Mardling, managing director of Melbourne-based Student Training Hospitality Services, said the state's budget changes would slash funding rates for training contracts still being fulfilled. He said his company would go "hell for leather" to complete its current traineeships by Christmas. "But if I can't, I'm going to be losing money on them," he said.
Mr Mardling said the fine print permitted the government to "manoeuvre" the contracts, but only
TAFE cuts threaten future of Ballarat Equestrian Training Centre
Posted: Wednesday, 6 June 2012 | By: Martin Pakula
An equestrian centre that provides training to riders with a disability and the racing industry is under threat because of the Baillieu Government’s savage funding cuts to TAFEs, Shadow Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said today.
The Mt Rowan Equestrian Centre provides a permanent venue for the Riding for the Disabled Association and allows the University of Ballarat to provide specialised equine industry training courses for the benefit of the racing industry.
Victoria University educates the West -save TAFE.
Speech: Higher education: TAFE funding
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) —
Victoria University is the biggest provider of education in the western suburbs. VU plays an important role in educating young and mature students, disadvantaged students and newly arrived ESL (English as a second language) students in the west.
VU provided me with a second chance at education and an opportunity to earn a professional qualification for the first time at the age of 40, so I know firsthand the benefits of TAFE.
No federal help for Ballarat TAFE, says Pyne
BY JORDAN OLIVER, 06 Jun, 2012 11:59 PM
With dozens of Ballarat TAFE courses set to be axed due to state government funding cuts, unions can expect no assistance from the federal government according to a Coalition frontbencher.
Opposition spokesman for education Christopher Pyne visited Ballarat yesterday and was asked about the possibility of federal intervention to fill the TAFE funding black-hole.
“My understanding is that the cuts that have been made are as a result of mismanagement by the previous Labor government, who had an open ended approach to TAFE funding,” he said.
The spin of Victorian TAFE cuts
06/06/2012 By intermediatescan
The revelation that Victorian VET funding cuts involve somewhat more than the $100 million publicly claimed by the state government is also revelatory of the government’s prosecution of the case for these swingeing cuts. After publicly recanting the misgivings that brought him to the brink of resignation, skills minister Peter Hall has, at times, resembled Comical Ali, as he argued for weeks that it was “too premature” to talk of job cuts and course closures, while all around him TAFE CEOs were lining up to announce job cuts and course closures. In Hall’s own electorate, the local GippsTAFE CEO Peter Whitney described himself as “enraged”, as he announced job cuts of of up to 25, with more to follow.
Cuts will deny deaf a voice
By Chalpat Sonti, JUNE 7, 2012 4:42am
Seymour deaf community is warning of the consequences should a course that trains sign language interpreters be cut.
Kangan Institute of TAFE has announced it will axe the course due to Victorian Government cuts to the TAFE sector.
5 June 2012-06-07
TAFE rally in Shepparton
Shepparton rally airs TAFE cut anger
June 6, 2012
STUDENTS and teachers rallied in Shepparton today against funding cuts to TAFEs.
Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships, Steve Herbert, said the rally sent a clear message to Premier Ted Baillieu that funding cuts to TAFEs were hurting the region and would have serious consequences into the future.
50 jobs go, course fees to triple in Victoria University restructure
by: John Ross, June 08, 2012 12:00AM
FIFTY jobs will disappear and fees for some courses will triple, as dual-sector Victoria University becomes the fourth TAFE in a month to shed staff.
Deputy vice-chancellor Anne Jones said the university had already anticipated job losses, with a budget expected to exacerbate the impacts of a restructure.
Rallying against TAFE funding cuts
BY NIKITA VAZ, 07 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM
VERBAL attacks against the State Government's budget cuts to the TAFE sector were launched by students and teachers in Traralgon this week.
Students and teachers from Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE were joined by education union members as they publicly protested against the recent budget cuts.
Jobs lost in Victoria University TAFE cuts
7 Jun 12 @ 03:04pm by Staff writer
AT least 50 TAFE jobs will be lost at Victoria University, as it looks to cover a $32 million hole in State Government funding.
Animal studies, boatbuilding, and events and tourism have been scrapped from Victoria University’s TAFE structure.