La­bor de­liv­ers TAFE fee freeze

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS: WA/SA -

THE newly ap­pointed Mcgowan Gov­ern­ment has de­liv­ered on its pre-elec­tion prom­ise of freez­ing TAFE fees for WA stu­dents.

Un­der the for­mer Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment, TAFE fees had in­creased by 510 per cent re­sult­ing in a 24.5 per cent drop in en­rol­ments be­tween 2013 and 2016. The TAFE freeze would mean no fur­ther in­creases to fees in the State Gov­ern­ment’s first term, and was es­ti­mated cost about $11.8 mil­lion over four years.

“The huge in­creases in fees have pre­vented young Western Aus­tralians from get­ting the train­ing they need to en­ter the work­force,” WA Pre­mier Mark Mcgowan said.

“We recog­nise the im­por­tance of TAFE in pre­par­ing young Western Aus­tralians for the best pos­si­ble start to their work­ing lives.”

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