Who we are
The TAFE Community Alliance is an advocacy and strategy group that recognises the central role of the public VET provider in the building of social, cultural and economic capacity of communities across NSW. The Alliance campaigns to maintain TAFE's central role in vocational education and training.
What we do
The TAFE Community Alliance campaigns for TAFE. It is open to teachers, educational staff, community members, industry members and others. Our immediate plans include:
|Raise funds for our campaign. If you would like to make a donation, you should make a direct debit: TAFE Comm Alliance, BSB: 012372, Account No: 2086 95147|
|Create awareness of the effects of the competitive training market and loss of funding for TAFE|
|Work with other groups interested in pursuing this campaign, including community groups, professional associations, industry groups, unions and political parties|
|Provide case studies of TAFE's role in changing lives and the community|
|Communicate with media and social networks|
TCA is appalled that the Baird Government continues to take even more funding from TAFE, and increase student fees above already unreasonable rates. Fees are obviously going to keep increasing, making an entitlement model a joke. Contact your local State MP and protest
Shift in focus
Through Smart and Skilled NSW, the NSW Government has moved the focus of VET from education, quality educational infrastructure and meeting students’ needs to a business that primarily is concerned with the needs of employers, industry and private profit to the exclusion of the former.
As part of its advocacy role, the Alliance sought a commitment from political parties in NSW prior to the last state elections, to ensure that TAFE should exist and be supported by government to provide quality training incorporating ongoing development of appropriate educational pedagogy. The statement of commitment published by the TAFE Community Alliance said: “We expect a commitment to a statewide publicly-owned technical and further education system. We expect this system to grow and flourish as it meets the priorities of educational, social and industry policy. We do not expect this system to operate like a business to break even or make a profit, but a public education and training system serving society efficiently and providing value and quality for the public dollar.”
These are two opposite ends of the spectrum.
"The TCA views TAFE as a public education and training system for building a productive and skilled workforce and an inclusive and fair society."
We want to put on record the damage that the wider application of VET FEE-HELP has made to the VET system, its providers and students. Submission
Why has it taken the Government and the ACCC so long to realise the money that was being ripped out of the system, and the students being taken for a ride?
The ABC reports the consumer watchdog targeting a second private training college, alleging it signed up vulnerable people — some with intellectual disabilities — and citing problems with the Government's VET FEE-HELP system.
'The TAFE Community Alliance welcomed both your freeze on TAFE fees and the reduction of fees for some pathways courses. ...' Read the letter
'The Alliance has been particularly concerned at the impact of VET reforms on the quality and sustainability of TAFE Institutes across the country...' Read the letter
Senator Simon Birmingham says the low completion rates are "absolutely unacceptable. See Letters to the editor: "Governments constantly call for more skilled workers, yet at the same time have cut the funding to TAFE so significantly, that it is just a shadow of its former self. Courses are being closed, hours cut and fees are also out of the reach of many Australians. Is this the sort of vocational education system we want in Australia?"
The state budget revealed 83,000 fewer students enrolled in 2015 than in 2012, despite a $2-billion investment this year.
WAVE partnered with Manufacturing Skills Australia to hold its national conference entitled 'Leaders, teachers, learners, leavers: Women in the Australian VET market'.
No matter who you are TAFE is open to everyone.
TAFE gives everyone a second chance, the opportunity to learn skills for employment and an opportunity to contribute to the community. If you are uncertain about your career or need more education and training; TAFE has always been there - affordable, accessible - providing great quality education and professional specialist student support. There is a TAFE College in every community across NSW.