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Our campaigning:

Aurburn Forum
Students and community members spoke out about how important TAFE is to themselves and their communities at the TCA Forum in Auburn.

Marriickville Forum
Around 75 community workers and members from around the inner west and southern Sydney participated in the forum... see more

Online petition is live!

TAFE Commission Board Online Consultation

Closing on 12 April. Do not miss this opportunity to have your say. Is teacher quality important? Want to get informed before you have your say? Soem information that may assist:

Relevant Reports & Papers

Did you know? Series of links to important information. Follow this link below to have your say.

Have Your Say

Go to the State Government’s ‘Have Your Say’ website – www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au  around the Smart and Skilled proposed quality framework

Social Media

Fees for TAFE 2014 Sem 1

Snapshot of fees for TAFE NSW qualifications in Semester 1 in 2014. TAFE fees 2014


What's New Archive

$100 Million to Vocational Ltd

Rise and rise of fees pdf


Cost benefit analysis and returns from additional investment in vocational education and training.pdf

Greens Propose $1.2 Billion Revitalisation of TAFE...pdf

Models of Vocational Training Provision: Lessons from the Victorian Experience. TAC meet

What is happening in Queensland?

Victoria's 2012 Audit Report pdf

False Economies – Doing less with less

Inquiry into the role of Technical and Further Education system and its operation

Contesting the contestability of tertiary education funding'

AVETRA paper 'A Course for a Lifetime'

IPART issues paper

The Art in TAFE student campaign

What the NSW Education Minister said in Parliament on 26 February 2013!

“... I make it perfectly clear to the union that we are moving ahead with the next stage of Smart and Skilled; in fact, we have just launched the consultation process and the quality framework. Changes to TAFE are urgently needed in this environment to remain competitive. TAFE also needs to change to meet the needs of our economy so as to remain relevant.

Every Breath is a New Beginning

A critical analysis from Dr John Falzon: "Which is why we should fight for the people; which is why we should stand in solidarity with the people; which is why we should do everything to ensure that public resources are used to arm the people with knowledge, with literacy, with numeracy, with the tools to analyse social conditions and the building blocks for creating a fairer society; which is why the provision of the highest quality public education at primary, secondary and post-secondary levels is essential for our nation’s future." Download the full text pdf

IPART Final Report

The IPART final report on Pricing VET under Smart and Skilled was due to be provided to the Minister for Education on October 10. There were 92 reponses to the Draft Report. IPART also conducted a stakeholder roundtable and has provided a full transcript.

The TAFE Community Alliance thanks those who submitted their views to be included in our response which was collated and wriiten by core members of the TCA and submitted by Linda Simon. http://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/files/281eb809-eec7-4803-8e81-a22701176385/Online_Submission_-_TAFE_Community_Alliance_-_L_Simon_-_27_Aug_2013.pdf

Smart and Skilled NSW

Smart and Skilled are reforms of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.


What's New?

Hartsukyer loses to Liberal Scott Ryan

The Australian 15 February 2016 Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker says he is hugely disappointed that a frontbench reshuffle over the weekend has seen him dumped from the Federal ministry.

TCA February Fee Amnesty Letter to Minister Barilaro pdf

TAFE Community Briefing Paper pdf


Education regulator won't release list of those linked to failed private training colleges

'A list of 120 people involved in failed private training colleges is being withheld by the federal government’s education regulator, despite fears that the same people may be involved in setting up new colleges.

The Australian Skills Quality Authority has cancelled the registration of dozens of providers because of their poor standards.'

Why A Federal VET Takeover Will Hurt TAFE

Government VET funding has declined by 32% since 2005. In 2013, 46% of VET funding nationally was allocated contestably – that is, open to for-profit private providers.

Private college collapse reveals failed system

Aspire College of Education, The Design Works College of Design, RTO Services Group and the Australian Indigenous College were placed in voluntary administration on Tuesday. Aspire alone has about 20 campuses around Australia.

All of the colleges are owned by Global Intellectual Holdings, which is also in administration with debt owing to ANZ Bank.

College collapses creates chaos for students

'The three private training colleges that collapsed, leaving thousands of students in limbo, received at least $66 million in government-funded student loans.

They had been recently audited by the national regulator and were found to be compliant, with the largest college still under investigation.

As news of the closures trickled to concerned students on Thursday, former employees revealed the colleges recruited students from foster homes, homeless shelters, women's refuges, aged care homes and drug rehabilitation centres.'

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/college-collapses-creates-chaos-for-students-20160211-gmrtlk.html#ixzz40KNAD7sy 
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Students with Disabilities - issues of Concern

The paper has been developed by a working group representing a broad range of people with disabilities who will be affected by the changes proposed through Smart and Skilled NSW.  It will be discussed with the Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli at a meeting on 5 March.  Letters of support are urgently required.  Send them to the Alliance to be forwarded on to the working group. Download the paperpdf