Tradie scheme a fiasco
Such incidents are mercifully rare, but occasionally tradies will let down their customers. Jobs run over budget, or may not be up to standard, or may not be completed.
So it may be appropriate that the Education Department’s Australian Apprenticeships Management System, meant to track tradies to address a skills shortage, is now suspended after running $15 million over budget, facing 11 reviews and never actually working in the first place.
The tradie tracking scheme appears to be worse than the most incompetent tradie. Little surprise, then, that two senior bureaucrats linked to the scheme have quit their six-figure public service jobs.
Labor skills spokesman Doug Cameron slammed the scheme’s collapse and overall $24 million waste of public money as “another major blow to the apprenticeship system in this country”.
“The government has failed to reach agreements with the states on its Skilling Australians Fund and they have been incapable of delivering on a modest IT project,” Cameron said.
Not that Labor can crow. Does anybody remember Kevin Rudd’s Grocery Choice and Fuel Choice debacles?