465,000 free TAFE places, over 20,000 university places


Australian Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese said on December 5 that Australians studying in the under-skilled industry will be free under the promise of a $ 1.2 billion ($ 840 million) higher education funding election. Announced that it will be supported through TAFE.

Worker’s Future Made in Australia Skill Plan It aims to provide Australians with free access to TAFE, create more college locations and address skill shortages that impede recovery from COVID-19.

The plan aims to provide 465,000 free TAFE locations and improve IT facilities, workshops and laboratories under a $ 50 million (US $ 35 million) TAFE technology fund.

Albanese also said Labor would guarantee that at least 70 percent of federal vocational education funding would benefit TAFE.

In addition, Labor has promised to create up to 20,000 new university locations to address skill shortages in engineering, nursing, technology and education.

Location priorities are given to indigenous Australians and people living in rural, remote, and suburban areas.

Labor Deputy Leader Richard Marls said there are 85,000 fewer trainees and apprentices today compared to 2013.

“This is a policy to fix it,” Marls said. Said 4BC radio. “Anyone studying a course in a field of lack of skills can do it for free.”

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Opposition Deputy Leader Richard Marles will attend a media conference on December 7, 2020 at the Press Gallery of the Capitol in Canberra, Australia. (Sam Mooy / Getty Images)

Stuart Robert Employment Minister Said Workers’ plans will only fund a limited number of college faculty locations for two years if most degrees are carried out for three years.

Robert also argued that workers would cut VET and TAFE funding while the Morrison government invested “record” amounts in Australian skills.

“Under the Morrison administration, there is no limit to the number of college locations and more Australians are studying. In fact, this year alone was a 5 percent increase from last year,” said Robert. “The Morrison Government has already provided $ 2 billion to VET skills through JobTrainer and is working.”

“That is, Anthony Albanese announced today that it’s actually less than the government is investing, so Australians are cutting money when workers need their skills most. You have the right to ask why you are. “

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) welcomed the Labor Party’s plans, but added that it was not enough.

“Additional funding is always appreciated, but if its purpose is to ensure the recovery of the higher education sector and improve the condition of staff and students, it must be consistent with the scale of destruction,” NTEU said. President Allison Burns Said..

Burns said 40,000 higher education jobs were lost as a result of government university funding cuts during COVID-19.

She said that both the federal government and the opposition were at the Australian Institute. report It recommended a $ 3.75 billion ($ 2.63 billion) support package so that the university could regain the lost work.

Australian universities also welcomed the focus on workers’ presentation skills and participation.

“A strong and vibrant tertiary industry-universities and vocational education-is the basis of Australia’s recovery,” said John Dewar, chairman of the Australian University. Said.. “When the government invests in our university, it invests in the future prosperity of all of us.”

“We look forward to publishing the details of this policy.”

Rebecca Chu


Rebecca Zhu is an Australian reporter based in Sydney. She focuses on Australia’s economy, property and education. Contact her at [email protected].