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Labor is all talk and no action on skills training

On 9 February, Daniel Andrews’ Minister for Training and Skills promised he would release a VET Funding Review interim report within 100 days.

It’s been 121 days since then and there is still no sign of the report.

After spending years calling for more certainty in the sector, Daniel Andrews has left training providers in a state of limbo.

Despite all their promises Daniel Andrews is not investing one additional dollar into skills training in Victoria. His Minister for Training and Skills has even admitted that Labor’s training budget is exactly the same as the former Coalition Government’s budget.

Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan said the Andrews Labor Government was all talk and no action on skills training.

“Daniel Andrews has repeatedly said he will honour ‘each and every one’ of his promises, yet here is another one broken.

“Here we go again - saying one thing before the election, doing another thing after it.

“Labor has not invested one extra dollar in skills training courses and now it has failed to meet its own time-frames for the vocational education and training review.

“Training providers deserve to know the government’s intentions, given the Minister plans to introduce these reforms before the start of the 2016 training year.

“Labor needs to end the talk-fest and start delivering for Victorian students.”