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New figures quantify the extent of the TAFE disaster

New figures quantify the extent of the TAFE disaster

In this piece Professor Wheelahan takes a closer look at how TAFEs are being funded, and the effects of underfunding.
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Mike Baird has made history

Mike Baird has made history

Mike Baird is the first NSW Premier to record a budget surplus of $2.1 billion and already has a legacy of destroying TAFE in favor of supporting private providers who are running to bank depositing tax payers Federal Government VET FEE Help monies.
A Commonwealth takeover of VET would destroy the public TAFE system

A Commonwealth takeover of VET would destroy the public TAFE system

A Commonwealth takeover of vocational education in Australia would see the ultimate triumph of the privatization agenda, and the destruction of the public TAFE system.
First step back from the brink

First step back from the brink

The announcement by the ALP that it intends to "rebalance" the VET market by allocating guaranteed funding to TAFE is a small but significant step back from the brink for Australian TAFE colleges. When combined with the proposal that an ALP government would develop a national statement collaboratively with the states and territories to define and support TAFE, it is clear that we are witnessing a turn in the tide of TAFEs fortunes. But the battle is not over, and TAFE has not yet been saved.
The year that has passed

The year that has passed

As we gear up to celebrate National TAFE Day for 2015, it is important to remind ourselves of the year that has passed – and the importance of TAFE to the Australian community.
The Short and Troubled History of VET FEE-HELP

The Short and Troubled History of VET FEE-HELP

VET FEE-HELP is an income contingent loan scheme, introduced into the VET sector in 2008 as part of the Commonwealth’s Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). An income contingent loan scheme – the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) - was first introduced into Australia’s Higher Education sector under Education Minister John Dawkins in 1989. HECS has become HECS HELP in the Higher Education sector, and HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and VET FEE-HELP are all administered under the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).