290_transparent_logoSTC.pngCommunities across the country are rallying to support their highly regarded, world- class TAFE system. 

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Rosie Scroggie says: Testing
Bernie Spillane says: Who else is going to do the "dirty work" that many Employers won't do?
Justin Bartlett says: There are some amazingly talented people working in TAFE, teachers and support staff, who do amazing work. I've studied and worked in TAFE and would be saddened to see the skills and talents of these people lost, collectively they have years of industry experience and teaching knowledge, not to mention the investment that state governments have made in their skills over the years, which would be lost.
Ros Albiston says: No logic to making it even harder for all those young people who will lose benefits if they don't study but can't afford to anyway (hidden costs such as travel, child care, materials/books, etc)
Kerry Arch says: Do we want our country that's full of dumber and dumbers or do we want a country that can do amazing things!
Mark says: My name is Mark Niall I have recently turned 18 an Iam a 2nd year shipwright apprentice (boat an ship builder). The reason for this email is that Iam exceptionally concerned about the future of apprenticeships, my personal tafe course has been cut down by more then a third! (800 teaching hours down to 500) I cannot fathom how i can learn everything I need to know for my career in this short amount of time let alone let alone learn how to manufacture a boat/ship safe enough for my future customers.
Jo Saunders says: Tafe is a great starting point for our mob to enter further education as this is a less intrusive entry point and will give them the confidence they need - a stepping stone to education.
David Kehoe says: Politicians who have no vision for the future but $$$ make education difficult for those with little money. We should demand free education back!
Jeff French says: Ridiculous, how will people further their education or get requalified in a different field with less TAFE staff.
Kay Frankcombe says: Where is the educational vision? Stop the TAFE cuts!
Helen Cross says: I work in a high school and Tafe is a very important next step for our students.
GT says: Say No to destroying a good educational system. Education is the backbone of our country.
Shirley Clissold says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Gavin austin says: TAFE is a community asset that should be supported. Education is the key to the nation continuing to grow and develop.
Heather Goodman says: Made redundant due to manufacturing going over seas, looked to change my career took a $2k course in 2014 and have now been advised next year its $6K. Wish my dad was in politics maybe I could get a free ride.
Kate Stehr says: Continued cuts to TAFE will mean the end of a public-based tertiary education system which is accessible for manys people. This would be a great loss for Australia.
Corey Speers says: I'm not sure where I would have ended up if it wasn't for TAFE. Giving real life tools for the real world, this sector deserves all the support it can get.
Richard McLennan says: Stop TAFE Cuts! TAFE helps people build their lives. TAFE is a stepping stone to better things.
Anne McIntosh says: We need TAFE more than ever before
Pip Cullen says: We need to fund TAFE to skill up our future infrastructure makers and maintainers. Students need a viable alternative pathway to the HSC. We cannot afford to cut funding for Education.
Marney Wickham says: Horrified by the a teacher and a parent.
Tracey Escreet says: I am a student currently studying Community Services Cert IV & Skills for Work & Vocational Pathways at Bega TAFE to upgrade my skills. I went to Granville TAFE in the 80s to study for my Painting & Decorating Apprenticeship at the age of 14. I am now 47 and have to change careers due to the physical demands of my body & now we cannot retire until 70. It is vital for TAFE to remain to be able to learn, be productive & assist all people; particularly low income earners or if you have not had a good education in the past. I believe to keep our economy strong we need more TAFE courses particularly in rural areas so we too can be productive just as much as people in the metro areas.
Judith Peen says: stop cutting things that matter. what happened to closing the gap in educational standards. one again just words on paper - not action in motion.
Bindi MacBeth says: I am an Educator and I have worked in both primary and high school settings. I have seen the opportunities it has provided with courses for high school students and I have seen it make a huge difference to all.
Larry Dwyer says: Stop TAFE cuts.
rhonda Bowden says: Stop TAFE cuts! Our apprentices are on minimum wages and can't afford the text books, let alone TAFE course fees!
Robyn says: I got a start at TAFE by doing a TPC course. I went on to university and have since come back time and again to upgrade my skills through TAFE. I don't want to think what our country will end up like if those that truly need TAFE can no longer access the courses needed to help make them productive Australian citizens.
Ada Boland says: Indigenous people need the opportunity to increase their skills and ability to support and assist them to get off the unemployment cycle. All the cuts going on is going to again disadvantage our indigenous people as well as other Australians who have not had a good education.
Stephen Mehonoshen says: How can there be cuts to TAFE and yet TAFE Qld sponsors V8 racing in Townsville? How is that benefiting the education of Queenslanders?
anne gull says: Stop Tafe Cuts!!!!!
Owen herring-gull says: stop the tafe cuts
Eva O'keefe says: Stop Tafe Cuts! Tafe is Gold!!!
Jack Gillson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jon Levy says: Tafe cuts and Privatisation are not the way to go. Tafe has a proven track record for a high standard of delivery.....what are we doing ?
Grant Miller says: TAFE colleges are supposed to support people to get higher qualifications not hinder this INEPT State Government has got it's priorities so wrong.
Li-Yea Yang says: Stop tafe cuts, give hope to second chance learners, smart country means education to all not only for some!
Lorena says: Two things should never be cut: 1. Health 2. Education. If you prevent a generation from education, the nation may never recover from it. How can the government not see that TAFE cuts = education deficit? Diversity of education is what makes a civilised nation.
Kerri Mills says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Etienne Green says: An educated society is a prosperous one.
Peta Green says: We need TAFE - and we need it to stay the way it is run now.
karl wesner says: it started with the government loosing sight of the philosophy of what is TAFE. Then it became Competency based( no real educator could possibly accept its principles ) and ended with contestability. ??????
Zach Morton says: I have been in Australia for close to 8 years now, As a new zealand citizen VET loans are unavailable. I pay for tafe from my own pocket working hard in 2 jobs. This is incredibly unfair that to finish my advanced diploma of Graphic design has been taken away after spending the last 2 years studying hard. My entire class has already confirmed they won't be doing the third year.
Amanda says: TAFE is a great educational institution that many students need to achieve skills. We need more practical courses, not less. Young people need skills to get employment, skills give a sense of achievement and a better self esteem. TAFE MAKES PEOPLE EMPLOYABLE, everyone wants a job.
Jill Herbert says: Migrant students who want to continue to learn English after AMEP hours are finding it very difficult to afford. Stop the cuts and stop closing campuses.
Therese O'Driscoll says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Deanne Lindh says: Earn or learn???
James Jackson says: stop TAFE cuts
Jennifer Conomos says: I am particularly concerned about disabled students and Literacy/ Numeracy students who will no longer be able to afford to attend the TAFE course that could have changed their lives.
Genista Bloom says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Adela Bismark says: Stop Tafe cuts
Lisa Mitchell says: How can adolescents study if (affordable) courses are not there for them to choose from? Education should be affordable for everyone, above everything it is basic human right to want to further educate yourself. With a daughter at Uni, and at an age where it is cheaper for businesses to employ high school casuals, there is no capacity for her to earn a few dollars to help us with expenses. How do you expect teens who do not have family support to put themselves through tertiary education, let alone meet day to day bills?
John Williams says: The LNP should stop being dictators to the Queensland people and listen to their requests. TAFE has been and still is world class in it's client education system yet, the present government is hell bent on derailing it, something along the lines of QR. There are quite a few places in the world that are trying to head back to what we have, yet the government seems to want to follow the circlular path used by other nations. When you have a good thing stick to it., help it and nuture it.
Denise gibson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
David Hopkinson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Lance Dale says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Margaret Clarke says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jenny Whittard says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Eva Bendix Petersen says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Nicola Dugar says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Rosie Barron says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Joan Woodcock says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Nev Williams says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Paul Metzen says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Sara Motta says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Sujey Motta says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Linda Forbes says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Gillian Shadwick says: TAFE provides training that equips individuals and industry to increase Australia's economic competitiveness and its social well being
anita says: We need more government funding to help support the every day person to give them the opportunity to further there skills How can we afford to pay the continual rises in everything with education what happen to supporting our tafes to better educate everyone so we don't have so many unemployed people out there
maree rose says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jorden says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
richard fay says: really, the government is being so stupid with proposed cuts to Tafe!!! They should be looking to INCREASE FUNDING TO TAFE as it has been so helpful to young people by training them in practical trades to earn a living!! STOP THE CUTS!!!!!!!!
Julie McVie says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jayne Eldred says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Shaun Newman says: TAFE is an important institution that is helping and has helped many people to gain trade knowledge, and the LNP cuts have shifted the burden of cost from the community to the individual which is not fair and completely unAustralian, we need to rid ourselves of these conservative LNP governments asap, and keep them out of office as they are now turning towards fascism.
Teena Putt says: Not only do our children NEED TAFE as a means to further their education to enter or remain in the WORK FORCE, so does this generation!!! NEWMAN: More unemployed = Less Taxes for you. Do the math!!!
Tracie Bennett says: I live in town called Forbes nsw. I used to go to TAFE Twice a week which was Monday's and Thursday's.But week is now Monday's only which I'm not happy about. Iam 54 years old I love going to TAFE because I have learn't more there than I did at school. The teachers are very friendly to work with and they don't judge you if your not very good at something. I was a slow learner back in 60s growing up as child, I wasn't very good at maths and I had a lot of problems at school with some of the teachers who were not very sorportive with kids that were slow in those days. To cut along story short over the years my reading, spelling and maths have deterated over the many years. Forbes TAFE is helping with my skills so please no TAFE cuts we and everybody need this TAFE. And I think you should be asking the people what they want, not what you want. STOP TAFE CUTS !!!!!!
Rachel prior says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Reg Ballard says: We need our TAFE'S so our young can get into the work force and we need to be able to have the right teachers so they can get the training that needed and we need to be able to afford the training
Sue Klajman says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Claudia Rosalessaenz says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Maureen Unasa says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Renee Maslin says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Gai Davis says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jayne Frost says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Sharon Temple says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Kelly Hayward says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Tara McInnes says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Susan Setargeur says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Janet ANDERSON says: Give money back to TAFE as it's a second chance for a lot of people to get a great education.
Karen James says: Where has our 'fair go' gone?
Una Keane says: We need our TAFE stop the cuts
Penny Algar says: TAFE's are vital for innovation and equality in our community.
Sacha Jaafari says: Without the Government funding my studies at TAFE I wouldn't be working where I am today in the private education sector
Shane kirby says: My girlfriend is paying $1500.00 for her marketing course right now, I think that's already a blown out figure but she tells me that next year that same course will be $15000.00!!! That to me is no incentive what so ever to start one of these courses! Well done Australian government!
ana stuart says: There is a madness abroad and why should we expect that the Tafe area of Education will escape its depredations?!!
Tamsin Kelly says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Diana Fangupo says: Stop TAFE Cuts!
Vicky Burrows says: Tafe education is vital
Gini Ennals says: The new Ymep program at tastafe is so important for young migrant and refugee background students. It is an innovative and exciting program that is building links throughout tafe. I believe it is best practice in Australia.

TAFE institutions around Australia are struggling under the impact of state budget cuts, and underfunding.

Courses are being cut, student fees have risen, campuses are closing and teachers are losing their jobs.

Communities across the country are rallying to support their highly regarded, world-class TAFE system.


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