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The Coalition’s neglect of the skills sector has been entrenched for too long, with plummeting apprentice and trainee completions leaving too many Australian businesses short-staffed.

Richard Marles 14/2/2022

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Party Statements

Election 22 TCA

Made in Australia: will Labor get the job done with free TAFE?

"Vocational education needs investment and reforms to ensure Australia’s prosperity: Anthony Albanese has revealed how Labor will meet the challenge.

Linda Simon writing for Pearls and Irritation Dec 2021 pdfRead more...

The Minister for Skills and Training (The Hon Alister Henskens MP)

Shadow Minister for Skills and Training in NSW (The Hon Tim Crakanthorp)

The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator (The Hon Stuart Robert MP)

Shadow Minister for Employment, Skills and Small Business (The Hon Richard Marles MP)

Who we are

The TAFE Community Alliance is an advocacy and strategy group established in 2013. It recognises the central role of the public VET provider in the building of social, cultural and economic capacity of communities across NSW. The group of former TAFE educators and community development leaders advocate for the TAFE system as an integral part of the VET system in Australia. 

No matter who you are TAFE is open to everyone.

TAFE gives everyone a second chance, the opportunity to learn skills for employment and an opportunity to contribute to the community. If you are uncertain about your career or need more education and training; TAFE has always been there - affordable, accessible - providing great quality education and professional specialist student support. There is a TAFE College in every community across NSW.

The Alliance has been critical of government policies and funding. It has been particularly critical of the so-called competitive industry-led training market. It has asserted that competition between training organisations has not resulted in improved choice and quality of training for students or a more responsive system to the skills needs of the nation. It has resulted, on the contrary, in higher fees, rorts by private providers, fewer courses in fewer locations and a marked reduction in the quality of teaching and learning among many other problems and issues highlighted in government and statutory agency inquiries over the last two decades. The industry-led system continues to be criticized by industry! 

TCA Spokespersons

Linda SimonsLinda Simon: Full profile

Extract: "Linda has been a school teacher, TAFE teacher and now teaches at Charles Sturt University in adult education. 

For most of her working life she has been an active union member holding positions such as Secretary of the TAFE Teachers Association for over 15 years, and Federal TAFE President with the Australian Education Union for six years."

Jozefa SobskiJozefa Sobski AM: Full profile

Extract: "Jozefa Sobski AM has been active women's, feminist and community organisations for many years. She is currently: