Mary Bluett AEU Victorian Branch President
Victoria Shadow Minister for Tertiary Education & Training Peter Hall
AEU Welcomes Coalition Commitment To Cut Training Fees For Victorian TAFE Students
Victor P Taffa
The Australian Education Union Victorian Branch has welcomed today’s announcement by the Coalition to re-establish concession fees for students studying Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels at Victorian TAFEs, if elected.
Mary Bluett, the AEU Victorian Branch President said that this Policy would end the practice of pushing the costs of education onto those who could least afford it.
“Today’s announcement to reduce the annual fees for Health Care Card holders from $2,000 to $100 will make vocational training more accessible to low income students who may have been deterred from seeking an education because of the significant costs.”
“The number of students studying at the Diploma and Advanced Diploma level has plummeted in TAFE since the introduction of the ‘skills reform’.” Ms. Bluett said.
“We also welcome the Coalition’s announcement to double the number of exemptions for students over 20 years of age, who have been forced to pay the full costs of a training place if studying at an equivalent or lower level to the qualification they currently hold.”
“We have been campaigning on the issue of accessibility to Vocational Education and Training for the past two years, and therefore these are welcome announcements as they encapsulate issues we’ve identified with the “skills reform” Policy.” Ms. Bluett said.
“It’s also a welcome announcement to hear that the Coalition will review the fee structures under the “skills reform” Policy.”
“We hope whoever wins government following the vote this Saturday, that the merits of accessibility to quality vocational education and training is taken into consideration.” Ms. Bluett said.
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