Labor will guarantee that at least 70 per cent of vocational education and training funding will be allocated to TAFE.
This will maintain TAFE’s position as the leading provider of vocational education and training in NSW.
Recent scandals involving private training providers show the importance of TAFE as a public provider of vocational education and training.
TAFE has a demonstrated history of making vocational education and training accessible to all people, including people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Labor’s funding guarantee will ensure TAFE can continue this important work.
Under Labor’s plan:
TAFE will receive a minimum of 70 per cent of the vocational education and training budget in NSW; and
30 per cent of the vocational education and training budget will be contestable between TAFE and private providers.
Labor believes this balance will allow choice and competition while guaranteeing the vital services TAFE provides for the community.
Labor will crack down on rogue behaviour by private providers
In addition to capping the amount of contestable funding available for private providers, Labor will establish a Private Providers Investigations Unit. This Unit will:
Investigate complaints by students;
Ensure private providers are delivering courses at a high standard; and
Prevent private providers preying on vulnerable people by pressuring them to enrol in courses which leave them with significant debts.