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Make TAFE a Priority

Lee Rhiannon 9 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens have announced a $1.2 billion TAFE rescue package to prioritise federal spending on revitalising the TAFE system to build Australia's skills future.  The Greens are calling on the federal government to overhaul the current VET funding arrangements that have directed billions of dollars to private training providers ahead of TAFEs.

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Evans can’t wash his hands of Victorian vocational education failures

Lee Rhiannon 2 Jul 2012

The Gillard government must ensure that the failures in the Victorian experience of privatising vocational education and training (VET) are not repeated in other states, said Green Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon, following reports today of a $500 million training budget blowout in Victoria (AFR, 2/7/12, Gillard's training reform hit by budget blowout).

"The Gillard government has been in the driving seat of the push to privatise vocational education and cannot now wash their hands of the problems in the Victorian sector", said Senator Rhiannon.

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Greens urge Federal reforms to fix WA skills crisis

Scott Ludlam 30 Mar 2012

Federal funding for training is in need of major reform to address skills shortages in Western Australia, WA Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

Research released this week by Pit Crew Management Consulting Services showed Western Australia's workforce will be able to meet only half the demand for ten key trades next year. Senator Ludlam said the three billion dollar investment over six years announced by Labor in the 2011-12 Federal Budget needs better planning to fill the gaps.

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