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Statement On Private Training Providers

26 May 2017

The Andrews Labor Government has today called on the Turnbull Government to urgently step up its support for students impacted by the closure of private training providers.

With another large national training provider going into voluntary administration overnight, thousands of students have been left in limbo with little information from the Federal Government about what they can do next.

Careers Australia does not hold a current funding contract with the Victorian Government, however there are about 150 continuing students who started training under earlier contracts and we will help them transition to a TAFE if needed.

When a Victorian Government funded provider does close, the Department of Education and Training contacts every student to advise them of their next steps and helps them transition to a TAFE to continue their training.

The Commonwealth however, has consistently stayed silent on the issue, taking a hands off approach hoping the problem will sort itself out, leaving innocent students in limbo.

Due to changes in the way the Commonwealth funds private training providers, more of them are closing and will continue to close but Malcolm Turnbull has refused to outline any support for students.

It is now time he shows some leadership and steps in to support students unfairly impacted by the closure of private providers.

Victoria's TAFE network stands ready to help those students without a provider. Our Skills First reforms are putting TAFE at the centre of our training sector to ensure every Victorian has access to high quality training.

The Labor Government has a dedicated hotline to help students, regardless of who funds them get the info they need to get help.

Students wanting more info can call the TAFE and Training hotline on 131 823.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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