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Labor’s training ‘rescue’ cuts funding in half

Thursday 1 February 2018

Daniel Andrews' promise to 'rescue' TAFE was a lie.

Instead of a rescue, Daniel Andrews is conducting a raid cutting $123 million from the sector in the past 12 months alone.

A report from the Productivity Commission released today shows the Andrews Labor Government cut recurrent funding to Victoria's VET sector to $698.7 million in 2016.

This is half the investment under the former Liberal Nationals government, with $1.57 billion spent on training in 2012.

The Report on Government Services 2018 also showed students continue to lose confidence in Victoria’s training sector.

Government-funded VET student numbers dropped to 338,400, from 460,500 in 2014.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Training Skills and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan

As student numbers plummet, the Andrews Labor Government is investing less in our state’s training sector.

It’s ironic that Daniel Andrews promised to 'rescue' TAFE and then halved the state’s training spend.

Under Labor, Victoria’s training system is weaker, not stronger.