A fresh start for TAFE SA

As part of its planned reform of South Australia’s jobs training sector a State Liberal Government will use its ministerial powers under the Act to dissolve the current TAFE Board and appoint a new Board to give TAFE SA a fresh start.

“Under the Weatherill Government TAFE SA has failed its students and requires fundamental reform to ensure they are receiving the quality of education they deserve,” said Shadow Minister for Education John Gardner.

“The Weatherill Government’s failures in the jobs training sector during the past six years include the TAFE accreditation scandal, the ‘Skills For All’ debacle and its ongoing failure to connect training courses with job opportunities.

“TAFE SA needs a fresh start after 16 years of Labor neglect and a new Board will breathe life into the organisation.

“The new Board members will be subject to a much stricter selection and more rigorous management performance reviews.

“TAFE governance and the quality of training will be further improved through the establishment of an Academic Board, reporting to the TAFE SA Board.

“This Academic Board will have a critical role in ensuring that the expectations of Industry are being met, through its engagement with the new Industry Skills Councils.”

A Marshall Liberal Government will also:

  • Establish a fully contestable training system as quickly as possible;
  • Extend the terms of reference of the current TAFE Strategic Capability Review;
  • Engage in new partnerships with non-government training providers – working together to deliver outcomes for South Australia; and
  • Work with the Commonwealth to improve approval processes for new and updated training courses.

“Training the workforce of the future is too important to be left in the hands of this failed Labor Government,” said Mr Gardner.

“South Australian needs a majority Marshall Liberal Government to drag the state out of morass created by the Weatherill Government.”