TAFE SA To Undergo A Wide-Ranging Review

TAFE SA To Undergo A Wide-Ranging Review

South Australia Minister for Higher Education and Skills Susan Close

Nous Group Appointed To Undertake TAFE SA Review

Victor P Taffa

Management consulting firm, Nous Group, has been appointed by the State Government to undertake a wide-ranging review of TAFE SA.

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Susan Close appointed Nous Group following the release of the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s audit of 16 TAFE SA courses yesterday.

“My main priority is the students ensuring they are kept as informed as possible, with minimal disruption to their studies.” Minister for Higher Education and Skills Susan Close said.

“There is justifiably enormous public concern about how TAFE is functioning.”

Terms of Reference for the review include improving the effectiveness of TAFE SA’s internal quality assurance mechanisms to ensure it delivers high quality training that is compliant with national standards for training providers, and restoring confidence in the public provider.

ASQA findings have prompted a raft of changes within the corporation including the Minister recommending to the Governor in Executive Council to dismiss the Chair of the TAFE Board, Peter Vaughan and the resignation of the Chief Executive of TAFE SA, Robin Murt.

“Nous consultants have specialist expertise in VET policy, policy reform and evaluation, as well as transformation strategy and cultural change. I have every confidence Nous will deliver the results needed to ensure TAFE SA can deliver high quality services that the community expect.” Minister Close said.

First priority of TAFE’s interim CE will be to support TAFE students who have been affected.

Minister Close has instructed Nous to finish the report as soon as possible.

Background

Audit resulted in TAFE not being able to enrol students in 14 of the 16 courses which were reviewed by ASQA.

Students are being directly notified by email or can call 1800 882 661 and all TAFE students will receive information about the audit and other subsequent changes.

Abbreviations

TAFE              Technical and Further Education

ASQA             Australian Skills Quality Authority