Axe to fall on 230 Tafe ad­min jobs

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AT least 230 jobs ad­min­is­tra­tive jobs will be axed as part of re­forms de­signed to com­bat a bloated Tafe sys­tem and save $23 mil­lion per year.

From April 11, the 70 Western Aus­tralian cam­puses cur­rently ad­min­is­tered by 11 Tafe col­leges will in­stead come un­der the gov­er­nance of just five.

All cam­puses in Perth will be ad­min­is­tered by ei­ther North or South Metropoli­tan Tafe – the State Govern­ment also opt­ing to re­in­state the well­known Tafe brand.

Deputy Premier and Min­is­ter for Train­ing and Work­force De­vel­op­ment Liza Har­vey said free­ing up more money would be “ad­van­ta­geous when it comes to look­ing at fees” but stopped short of promis­ing an ac­tual de­crease.

“I had a re­form team look at the Tafe struc­ture and what the re­view rec­om­mended was col­laps­ing those struc­tures (from 11) into five ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­tres and five gov­ern­ing coun­cils,” she said.

“This is not about lec­tur­ers los­ing their jobs and it is not about any stu­dent not be­ing able to ac­cess the pro­gram they were ac­cess­ing prior to April 11 when th­ese changes oc­cur.”

Mrs Har­vey con­ceded that some cour­ses may no longer be avail­able at their cur­rent cam­puses but said the new struc­ture would pro­mote a col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship.

“It might be that you of­fer one pro­gram at one cam­pus and an­other at a dif­fer­ent cam­pus,” she said.

“Be­tween the two you get enough num­bers to have a vi­able pro­gram op­er­at­ing at two dif­fer­ent sites, rather than two or three cam­puses run­ning a pro­gram with low stu­dent num­bers.”

Op­po­si­tion Min­is­ter for Train­ing Fran Lo­gan said the re­forms were an ad­mis­sion that the State Govern­ment had failed Tafe stu­dents.

“This is not a re­struc­ture,” he said.

“The Lib­er­als are try­ing to clean up the mess they have cre­ated with their huge fee in­creases by amal­ga­mat­ing col­leges and sack­ing an­other 230 staff. The Min­is­ter is kid­ding her­self if she think this will not im­pact the qual­ity of education for Tafe stu­dents.

“You can’t cut this many jobs and re­duce the num­ber of cam­puses with­out im­pact­ing learn­ing out­comes.”

SSTUWA vice-pres­i­dent Sa­man­tha Schofield said the union was con­cerned that even more money was go­ing to be cut from the TAFE sys­tem. “We have seen course fees rise by up to 650 per cent over two years in some cases, and as a con­se­quence, we have seen en­rol­ments plum­met,” she said.

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