TAFE has been the backbone of vocational education and training in NSW for more than a century and vital to creating a strong and prosperous NSW, both economically and culturally. Across NSW, TAFE plays a fundamental role in providing the skills-based training that allows our communities to prosper.
Since the introduction of the Smart and Skilled program in 2015, the Government has slashed funds to education and training by $1.7 billion, redirecting efforts into subsidising courses offered by private vocational colleges, many with track records of rorting, poor teaching standards and abysmally-low graduation rates.
The Greens understand that we must have a well-funded, publicly-owned TAFE system to continue to provide opportunities and skills for Australians into the future. The Greens are calling on the NSW Government to scrap its program to privatise vocational education and restore full funding to the public TAFE system.
The Greens NSW are committed to:
- ending public funds going to private vocational education providers,
- the reversal of privatisation and competitive tendering policies in TAFE, including the NSW Government’s so-called ‘Smart and Skilled’ program,
- opposing measures that result in higher students fees, TAFE campus closures and a reduction in face-to-face teaching positions.