NSW Upper House candidates Anthony & Sharni Monaghan support community moves against further NSW government moves to sell off TAFE colleges and downgrade TAFE services.
“The Federal and State LNP governments have pursued revenue diversions from publicly administered TAFE colleges to for-profit training schools which are unsupervised and have left students without professional training and lost fees,” Mr Monaghan says.
“My wife and I have no hesitation in supporting the NSW TAFE community alliance,”Mr Monaghan said.
Here are excerpts from the TAFE Community Alliance flyer:
“TAFE has been the trusted deliverer of vocational education and training for well over a hundred years.
But poor government policy has created a competitive training market and there are now over 4000 training organisations in Australia.
Many of these are for-profit organisations with the primary aim of making money and using your tax-dollar to do so.
Competition between training organisations has not resulted in improved choice and quality for potential students, but rather high fees, VET FEE-HELP rorts and fewer courses in fewer locations Stop the rorts: fund public TAFE!
The VET Student Loans Ombudsman has received around 6405 complaints in just over 12 months from students who were either incorrectly signed up to a VET FEE-HELP loan or whose training organisation went bankrupt leaving them high and dry.
Most students now need to take out a loan to study high level VET courses.
Many students will never earn enough money to pay off these loans. They face a lifetime of debt.
Has a competitive training market improved the quality of a training course? The simple answer is no.
Some private training providers continue to make huge profits and with government funding for VET at its lowest point in over a decade, serious changes are needed.