Issues Paper First Step To Stronger Training System

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert has today welcomed the release of the independent VET Funding Review’s Issues Paper – the first step in developing a new funding model to keep TAFEs financially secure.

The VET Funding Review was an election commitment by the Andrews Labor Government to help our TAFEs and training system recover from the previous Liberal Government’s neglect and cuts.

The Issues Paper highlights a range of things that need to be addressed including:

  • Ensuring only high quality providers can access government funding for training
  • Encouraging training provision which provides students and employees with practical, hands-on training which meets the needs of modern industry
  • Ensuring better support for TAFEs so they can fulfil their crucial role in the community

The review, led by Mr Bruce Mackenzie with Mr Neil Coulson as deputy reviewer, spent three months consulting with employers, industry, training organisations and teachers, with more than 900 submissions.

Mr Mackenzie and Mr Coulson will further consult with employers, training providers and the community about the options detailed in the Issues Paper in the coming weeks.

The final report will incorporate the findings from this consultation period, which will be provided to the Labor Government later this year.

Ultimately, the final report will advise the Government on a more stable and sustainable funding model that will support Victorians to develop the skills they need to get a job and meet the skill needs of growing Victorian industries for the long-term.

See www.vetfundingreview.vic.gov.au for further information about the Review. Submissions for the second round consultation close on August 7.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“We’re rebuilding our TAFE and training system for all Victorians and the independent VET Funding Review will help us create a more stable funding model for the long-term.”

“This is an important step in developing a new funding model that helps students get the real skills needed for real jobs and to ensure that industry gets the skilled workforce they need for economic growth.”

“The previous Liberal Government left our TAFE and training system in pieces. We’re rebuilding our TAFE system so kids can get the skills they need for the jobs they want.”