Media release: 27 May 2012
Income-contingent loans and fees of up to $5,000 a year for diploma courses
at TAFE are the beginning of the end for public provision of vocational
education and training, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye
('TAFE diploma set to cost more than a university degree' Sunday Telegraph,
27 May 2012, http://j.mp/MJFyf7)
Dr Kaye said: "The COAG agreement will make Australia's skills shortage
"Income-contingent loans will create barriers for working people who are
considering upgrading their skills.
"This is the time when all governments should be investing more in TAFE to
secure this nation's economic and social future.
"Instead state and federal leaders are dumping the financial burden onto
students seeking a diploma qualification at TAFE.
"This is the next big step towards governments dropping their
responsibility for vocational education and training.
"The future of the publicly-funded provider now hangs in the balance.
"It is hardly surprise that NSW signed up to the privatisation agenda.
"The head of Premier O'Farrell's department, Chris Eccles, was the
architect of the Victorian 'reforms' which have seen TAFE colleges driven
to the edge of bankruptcy and a massive increase in private provision of
"The people of NSW have been well served by their TAFE system that is now
"The Greens will be working hard to stop income-contingent loans, cuts to
public funding and the increasing flow of public money to private providers.
"This is about securing Australia's future as a prosperous and fair nation.
We will not stand by while Labor and the Coalition vandalise TAFE," Dr Kaye
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455