The ACT Greens have today pledged to safeguard CIT from privatisation. The announcement comes off the back of a leaked COAG paper on the deregulation of TAFEs earlier this year.
“Vocational Education Training is in trouble,” said ACT Greens education spokesperson Shane Rattenbury.
“We have a federal government with an ideological agenda against the public VET sector, and it's up to state and territory governments to step up and put the community first.
“Across the country, we've seen hundreds of millions of public dollars flow to for-profit providers. That's led to some students being unable to afford the costs – and the quality of VET programs going downhill.
“This damaging and elitist model has failed around the country and we need to stop it from reaching the ACT.
“That's why the Greens are committing to safeguard CIT against any threat of privatisation – and making sure it's funded at levels that allow it to meet the needs of the community.
“We will put the community first and prioritise government VET funding to CIT, making sure it gets the majority of government support.
“I'm calling on the other parties to join us and pledge to safeguard CIT. Together, we can make sure everyone has access to education that meets their needs,” said Mr Rattenbury.
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