12 November, 2020
Jeremy Rockliff MP
2020-21 Budget: Investing in the future of TasTAFE with more teachers and better infrastructure
The Tasmanian Government has a Plan to rebuild a stronger Tasmania, and we recognise the important role TasTAFE has to play in ensuring Tasmanians have the ability to grasp opportunities and lead a more fulfilling life.
The 2020-21 State Budget includes a range of targeted investments, totalling more than $13 million, into our public training provider, including $2 million to employ more teachers in areas of high demand.
An extra 10 teachers will be employed across a range of courses including aged care, electro tech, plumbing, allied trade and nursing.
We are also continuing our strong investment in TasTAFE infrastructure with $4 million in this budget for upgrades to IT infrastructure to future proof our training provider.
The funding will support switch and server upgrades, a new Wi-Fi network state-wide, and support the implementation of critical systems including teacher competency records and work placement management.
These upgrades are vital to support digital innovation at TasTAFE and support TasTAFE’s move to being a more agile training provider which delivers flexible training for students.
An additional $7 million has also been allocated in the Budget towards the Energy, Trades and Water Centre of Excellence which will increase student enrolment capacity and deliver the skills needed to rebuild Tasmania. This brings the total investment for this facility to $21 million.
This Budget is focussed on creating jobs, and providing the certainty and confidence our community needs, helping us to recover, reinvigorate our economy and rebuild a stronger Tasmania.