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Luke stepehen says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Melissa Ritson says: Please stop the cuts. It is important that everyone can receive an education, regardless of their social/financial status.
Kellie says: I understand some of the principles behind smart and skilled however the execution of it not encouraging the workforce of tomorrow. Statistics state it is expected that we need to retrain throughout our live time as we will be worker longer due to retirement age being pushed back so we can pay more taxes. Smart and skilled is a hurdle and detriment to Australia's long term future.
craig says: Stop cuts to Tafe..we need tafe so the public can get an education.private colleges are for the rich..we need fairness and justice for the man and woman in the street..stop giving to your mates and start giving back to the rest if society
morganne ross says: STOP TAFE CUTS
Jay Wood says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Danielle Finlay says: TAFE classes are now devastatingly empty. I know of so many that had been delivered for years but simply don't have the numbers now due to the ridiculous fees forced upon TAFE thanks to this State Government. TAFE was once a provider of opportunity, now it has become unattainable for many. STOP THE TAFE CUTS!!!
Ginny Neighbou says: Who will run art classes, clockmaking etc if not TAFE? Private sector colleges will not provide for these non profit making courses,but we need them to be available.
Carla says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Tom McCabe says: No places for my daughter. Unacceptable fee hikes. No places for new students...etc. DUMP SMART & SKILLED
Aaron Carr says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Alexander Mckinnon says: It is very important for us to have TAFE to train our apprentices. If those courses are closed, where will or young adults get training, especially those who cannot afford private or university fees
Greg McLoughney says: We should be encouraging young people to gain a trade via TAFE not making it too expensive or making them travel too far to attend.
Kay Taylor says: TAFE is an important for those who cannot afford private/university fees.
Gray Clack says: Got to TAFE (Hunter TAFE's Tighes Hill campus) on Monday and was told by our faculty head teacher (Creative Industries) that they were cutting 5 teaching hours from our program because it was not (and I quote) "profitable" under the new Smart and Skilled model. What can we do? Our education and future careers are in real jeopardy here!
Ran says: Tafe is the vital part of our lives. We have thousand of opportunities to learn and grow in your lives which we learn from Tafe. We can't even think of cutting funding of Tafe. Tafe should get more funding but not cut funding.
William Phinn says: We need this tafe course to continue as it is a world class training facility able to train young Australians in a highly skilled trade.
Kevin Arendse says: No Tafe - No Watchmakers!!!!!!!!!!!! With only limited numbers of Wtahcmakers / Horologists available Australia wide - we will be outsourcing internationally to bring in people to repair / restore watches. - Not Good enough!!!!!!!!!!
Richard Kubisch says: I am in a very small but needed trade of watchmaking, if the course is reduced or cut there is no other training facility in Australia to cater for new apprentices trying to enter this trade
Darryl Bryant says: Watchmaking is one of those trades that doesn't have a high volume of students going through each year, the Sydney tafe is the last one left in Australia, lose that and apprentices will have to either the employer will train them correctly or will have to attend collages overseas. Smart & Skilled wants to cut the training hours in half, cut the hours, cut the funding, won't be long before this closes too for lack of attendance. why are we letting the government get away with this, selling off assets that belong to the public, cutting funding to training for trades people, in the long term we all will suffer.
Trevor price says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
melinda says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
John Tapner says: This country was built by tradesmen. What will the future hold if the skills that are required are no longer there to be used? I served a six year apprenticeship in the 1950s in watchmaking and was able to pass my skills on to another generation. What now. No skills. No future. Short term political thinking is not the way forward for this country.
Leanne Sewell says: I am so disgusted that this forces ppl to have thousands of dollars of vet fee debt regardless of income, assets and courses that were previously charged 10% of what I'm paying now???
John Caisley says: This State Government policy of starving TAFE of funding is just SO short sighted. We need properly trained tradespeople for our future, not poorly trained ones thanks to the primary profit motive of "private training" organisations and the stripping of TAFE's ability to function effectively.
Paul Soares says: I had intended to leave my current occupation in 18 months time to work with my son who is an electrician. I have been accumulating the necessary trade units for the electrical trades course, averaging in the high 90's at TAFE. I have about half my trade theory completed. I am gaining the appropriate industry experience pro bono with my son at weekends and after work. Now , with Smart and Skilled, I am not allowed to do any trade units because I am not an apprentice. How is that Smart or Skilled. I have scored the top marks in almost every course so far (by a significant margin in many courses) , so how would being an apprentice help me? Many cannot interpret the significanceeven the most basic reading on a meter - a truly awful reflection on the on job training provided by some employers. I suspect that NECA is pushing both the apprentice (Read cheap labour) and the reduction in the difficult calculation section of the course (dumbing down to Cert II as opposed Cert III - again read cheaper labour for NECA members) The training provided by the staff at TAFE has been exceptional. They are professional, diligent and push a very high standard. They deserve far, far better than the trashing they being served up by the TAFE hierarchy. This government policy should be renamed "Dumb and Dumber" or perhaps "Dumb as Doggie Do"
Richard Benfatto says: We must fight to avoid this institution being destroyed.
martin poole says: TAFE is the only safe and reliable source of VET education in Australia. Stop the Shonky Private RTO's
Melisah Feeney says: I work with young people and they need this avenue to get a pathway into employment.
David Mankey says: I would like to support. "Stop Tafe Cuts" The future of young Apprentices is of utmost importance
Andrew Pastor says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
roger Little says: Stop TAFE Cuts!
helen stephens says: Since the closure of the arts and media section at Goulburn Tafe students have been deprived of the opportunity to advance their skills and to forge and develop lasting friendships. That these departments, their facilities and materials are lying idle is a criminal waste of taxpayers money. Local highly regarded artists have lost valuable income as teachers in Tafe. No one has benefited from the closure of this section two years ago.
Leanne Meoli says: My daughter is doing a diploma in staging and events at Enmore design Centre, if these TAFE cuts go ahead the students are looking at a minimum of $12,000 for the year's course...this is ridiculous!!! almost a 600 percent increase...where have you ever heard of something going up by this much....You will either have the college closing down because this just wont be affordable or you will have everyone using vet fee help...surely this is not a good option for either party, the government waits years to get their money and the student pays an extra 20 percent. If Tafe cuts go ahead you are taking away education from those who can not afford uni or private colleges, this is just as ridiculous as if you took away public schools...what are the government thinking....if they want to save money why dont they look at some of the private colleges that are absolutely rorting the system... If this goes ahead you will ruin tafe and many young people's opportunity to affordable education!!! Education should not just be available to the wealthy. PLEASE STOP THE TAFE CUTS
Hannah Wright says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Noel Lipscombe says: Smart & Skilled is a badly flawed system and will cost many job opportunities in small business where the owners cannot afford the full training plus on costs of taking on apprentices.
Bruce Pearce says: Funding cuts are discriminating against Sydney Tafe, NSW, courses that have low enrolment numbers. Reduced teaching hours are now in place with possible deletion of long standing courses. Please reassess these funding measures at your earliest Regards, Bruce Pearce.
andrew markerink says: stop trying to destroy the education system that has provided high quality graduates for decades
Matthew Munn says: The cuts to funding for Tafe in NSW are short sighted and frankly stupid. Does the government want to educate people and become a better, richer nation or does it want to put education out of the reach of poor people?
Ross Robinson says: This policy will wipe out many courses and job opportunities , the "clever country" I don't think so.
Zoe Sotiri says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Adrian Hutchings says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Catherine Brown says: TAFE has been systematically destroyed by government policies that equate lowering training costs as the holy grail. As a result many courses that train people with skills required in the workforce are no longer offered or are offered at extortionate fees. Private providers are businesses whose main if not only, criteria is to make a profit. Tick and flick training is in the private sector is the result. Bring back affordable quality training. Stop the funding cuts to TAFE
Danielle says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Kristy Allan says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Stephen Wicks says: Ridiculous.
A. Sirianni says: It is the goverments responsiblity to provide post school opportunities for all regardless of their socio economic status.
Jasmina says: My husband stands to lose his 3/4 position possibly as soon as April when we are expecting our 6th child. It's already no picnic with his current wages but with no wage at all it is a huge cause for concern and will take away from the opportunities we should all be entitled to. Managers are retaining their positions and making redundant staff that also need a job to go to. A lot of politics. Not fair and a terrible place to withdraw funding from.
Paul Ryder says: With a young family of 4 I was trying to better my skills to earn a salary to try and break out of the low income bracket which I am now in. I studied Building surveying last year (2014) at approx. $1600-1700. I have recently found out to re enrol will now be $6800 a year taking into account my completed modules.. This I can not afford and I am now very confused about where I should be going from here..The new course fees are not within our means.
Aiyapan Mani says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Aaron Streatfeild says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Keita Tarlinton says: TAFE should be affordable and accessible to all, as all education should be. Stop the cuts.
Melissa Seymour says: If it wasn't for TAFE my brother would never have finished high school. The alternate pathway TAFE provides is vital for students who find their learning disrupted due to mental illness. Due to TAFE my brother could focus on getting healthy and know he still had a pathway to university.
jessie wotton says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jefrey says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Kirt Protacio says: I love learning at TAFE, it's just such a shame that I may lose the chance to continue studying with them due to government funding cuts.
Shaoming Du says: Government should not give funding to private colleges that provide poor quality services to students. They are just selling qualifications.
Spiro Aretoulis says: Hands off our TAFE,please!
Kathy says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jess says: TAFE NSW provides quality vocational educational to all and doesn't need to resort to tempting people with ipads. Vote for a govt that will fund TAFE NSW colleges before its too late!
Anne Skinner says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jessica white says: Skilled people are the backbone for Australia's future. It's so important that education is accessible to anyone who wishes to learn and better our future Australia. Why would we hinder that? Have we forgotten about our future?
Graeme Bampton says: Australia needs its' community educated for economic advancement and general well-being of the nation and its' individuals. As the State reaps the benefit of a skilled workforce, it should contribute by continuing to provide an affordable and competent TAFE.
Mary Attard says: I am disgusted. My son's fees have gone up, I can't get any of the teachers to return my call and when my son asked if he could turn up at night to do catch up work he was advised not to because he wouldn't be able to get the support.
Mark Condon says: Stop TAFE cuts, allow people to re-train and get back into the workforce.
Colin says: The Tafe carparks are empty this is a clear indication that everything the Liberal government has done has gutted tafe and only the people who can least afford will suffer and the job losses for tafe staff is clear. This is supposed to affordable education for the masses and is now creating a fixed lower class with no chance of moving up
Suzanne Glover says: I know we need to economise is some areas to ensure continuity of services, But Education should not be included. Without easy access to education via TAFE, Australia will have a lot less skilled workers. A lot of TAFE users are workers trying to increase skills and knowledge to further career prospects. It fits with parents trying to juggle work, family life as well as study. It should remain. STOP the cuts!
Jenny Howarth says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Simon Briggs says: TAFE is good. Y u no fund govnah? Love is the ULTIMATE reason for ideocyncratic, spontaneous molecules of altruism. Oxytocin is one helluva chemical. Makes me puke chromatic spectrum timeless photons , red long wavelengths of electromagnetism IN YOUR BRAIN! Neurons firing in the parietal lobe give me FEELS of the century. Red cones Green cones and blue cooooones. Hahaha. Give tafe money so people aren't dumb IDiots without skills to pay the bills!
Patricia Hansen says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Caroline Lorbach says: My 3rd child has just started TAFE and now has a $9000 debt for a 1.5yr part time course!!! If we want to remain one of the clever countries cuts to TAFE have to stop!!!!
Talarnah says: We must recognise the importance of TAFE!!!!
Heidi Pitman says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Philip Maddox says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Naomi says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
david east says: Funding cuts to the apprentice are putting their life and the people around them in danger. Like the deaths in the insulation industry, which were directly related to a lack of adequate training and supervision of the less experienced, our young apprentices are being put at risk through no fault of their own by a short sighted cost saving measure. This begs the question "what is the valve we, as a society, place on our young peoples lives." I feel we are going backwards and my hope is that we don't need to have a fatality in order to change the minds of the decision makers. Please let common sense prevail.
Kerry Meek says: I have enjoyed many wonderful years at TAFE and I think its a shame that now you have be a miliionaire to study. Pay attention and listen to the people Mr Abbott!!
Tegan Panozzo says: The base of all trade training and development needs to be supported, not harmed. Office jobs cannot make the world turn on their own - trade based jobs are the backbone of communities.
Steve Green says: I created a photographic company after completing a TAFE course in the 80s. Cutting TAFE will ruin opportunities for our youth. How short sighted can these politicians be? This issue will affect the way I vote.
Deborah Gillham says: My career change has been shattered this year. I am a single parent, recently unemployed and trying to retrain myself. A Cert III in Floristry is going to cost me $8200!!!! No concessions whatsoever because i hold a higher qualification in graphic design (20 years ago). How is our Lucky Country going to thrive and prosper if a government won't educate it's people!!! I am SO disgusted.
Joshua Elengikal says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Olivia says: STOP TAFE CUTS..people who actually need it are suffering.
Geoff Woodward says: Education is a government responsibility and free and fair education for all Australian is what our forefathers fought for and has been the envy of the rest of the world! Most of our politicians gained a free degree. Make our politicians face their responsibility and provide more money for education at all levels and for the future of Australians.
Joy Siamoa says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
ron harper says: The Libfails are destroying trade careers all for subsidising the high end of town
Lea Martin says: Diabolical idea designed to dumb down and rob those in need.
Bernadine Pegg says: I have a Diploma already, but that was 11 years ago. Now as a single Mother to 3 children, on who has Autism, I wish to retrain to increase job prospects and for satisfaction too. Show my children you are never to old to learn. ...or are you? Now, under current system of TAFE funding and course criteria, I have to pay $17-$24k to do another Diploma as it isn't seen as up-skilling! Well it is. It is a pathway to a degree which I don't have the confidence or time to commit to just yet but aim to in the future. Lessening my future need for Family Tax benefits, and lessoning my children's need for Centrelink assistance also as I will be in a better financial place to support them in their future lives. I am NOT some serial Diploma seeker expecting others to folk out for my quest for Knowledge, rather simply seeking a better future for myself and my family, and in turn relying on a 'System' less. Can i because i dont have a spare $20k!! Fee Help doesn't help when I have to pay $5k back at Tax time that I don't have due to the earnings I have now and all my kids expenses.
David Paul says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Naomi says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Gloria Koutulakis says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jaikumar chari says: save TAFE....a big part of our society in upskilling our young and the disadvantaged learners.
Loraine says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Caroline Stone says: The new laws if you have done a crrt 3 or 4 u must do a higher course means gaps in your education cannot be filled. Eg a cert 4 in multimedia does not mean you can use illustrator Or dreamweaver or advanced photoshop eg making movies in it. So instead of fine tuning and honing your skills you end up part trained not fully trained.
orla mcilveen says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Peter Wilson says: It's time our politicians were held accountable, not just voted out but held fully accountable for the decisions they make that negatively impact constituents and lines the pockets of the private sector.
Andrea Olieric says: I teach in a very low socio-economic area and for many of our students TAFE will be the only opportunity they have to enter into tertiary education. Universities do not suit people looking to enter into trades etc. Stop TAFE Cuts!!!
Carol Drake says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Mentie KNOWLES says: It is critical that funding be maintained for TAFE students. Cutting funds is no good for the institution, its students, or our nation.

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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