Baillieu/Ryan Government To End Labor Slash & Burn On TAFE

Baillieu/Ryan Government To End Labor Slash & Burn On TAFE

Victoria Shadow Minister for Regional & Rural Development Peter Ryan

Victoria Shadow Minister for Tertiary Education & Training Peter Hall

Better Access To Higher Education For Regional Students Under Coalition

Victor P Taffa

$20 Million Fund To Make Studying Easier For Regional Students

Access to Higher Education for Regional Students will be easier under a Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Plan to Improve Delivery of Higher Education in Regional Victoria, Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

“A Coalition Government will set up a $20 Million Partnerships Facilitation Fund to increase alliances between TAFE Institutes and Universities to deliver more Higher Education Programs in Regional Centres.” Mr. Ryan said.


“Under the Coalition’s Plan, Students living in Victoria will be able to access education close to home, overcoming the cost of living away from home which is the biggest barrier to Higher Education for Regional Students.”

“After 11 years of Labor, there are very few Degree Level Programs Delivered in Regional Victoria and Premier John Brumby has ignored expert advice that a Partnerships Facilitation Fund be established.”

“A Coalition Government has a clear Plan to deliver more Higher Education Programs in Regional Victoria so Regional Students do not have to defer their studies.”

“There is enormous potential to use publicly-funded facilities at TAFE Institutes to deliver Integrated Higher Education and Vocational Training Courses in Regional Victoria.”

“The Coalition’s $20 Million Partnerships Facilitation Fund will increase the number of TAFE Campuses providing Degree-Level Courses to build a better future for Regional Students and help boost Higher Education Participation Rates across the State.” Mr. Ryan said.

Previous expert panel reports ignored by John Brumby asked the Government to ‘facilitate partnerships between TAFE and higher education institutions where complete or partial degree level qualifications can be delivered using existing Victorian infrastructure and resources’.

The panel found further partnerships between the Vocational Education and Training and higher education sectors would ensure regional students were provided with greater flexibility, choice, and options to study.

“Despite this commonsense advice, John Brumby is yet to act.” Mr. Ryan said.

VIC Shadow Minister for Tertiary Education & Training Peter Hall

VIC Shadow Minister for Tertiary Education & Training Peter Hall











Shadow Minister for Tertiary Education and Training and Nationals Leader in the Legislative Council Peter Hall said Labor had made life harder for TAFE Students.

“Not only has John Brumby ignored expert advice, but he slashed this year’s training budget by $15 Million and even after a Cynical Pre-Election Backflip on TAFE Fees is still going ahead with increases in TAFE Diploma Fees of $2,500 in 2012.” Mr. Hall said.

Mr. Hall said the Coalition was fighting for a fair share for Regional Victoria and the $20 Million Partnerships Facilitation Fund would encourage greater participation in higher education by supporting non-metropolitan students access a broad range of education options.

“Under the Coalition’s Plan, more regional students will be able to study at University while living at home, making them more likely to enter the workforce locally and ultimately benefiting the Regional Economy.” Mr. Hall said.


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