Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

23 March 2021

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Labor must stop fearmongering

The Labor party must stop their reckless fearmongering and support the Liberal Government’s bold plan to build a better TasTAFE which can better respond to community and industry needs.

These are the facts:

TasTAFE is not being privatised, it will remain our public training provider.

Courses will continue to be heavily subsidised for students and TAFE will continue to have a community obligation to support all levels of learning.

And, under the Fair Work Act staff can not be disadvantaged.

Labor’s constant negativity and talking down of industry is exhausting for students, staff and teachers.

The Liberal Government’s plan actually means more teachers, more delivery in our regions, more contemporary and fit for purpose facilities, more training options, better pay for skilled teachers and flexible hours.

TasTAFE must have the autonomy and the workforce flexibility to continuously align its training offering with evolving workforce needs.

This is what our learners need - a flexible environment to get the skills and training they need where and when they need it.

It’s time to take action and build a bolder TasTAFE with a smart approach to delivering hands-on training through courses that best equip Tasmanians to gain a job.

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