BAILLIEU MUST RELEASE CHISHOLM TAFE TRANSITION PLAN

Premier Ted Baillieu should release TAFE business transition plans which show how Chisholm TAFE will deal with the $26 million funding cut as a result of his Government’s assault on TAFE, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Ms Graley said Chisholm was due to submit its transition plan to government 5pm last Friday.

“The transition plan outlines what measures Chisholm will be forced to take, following Mr Baillieu’s callous $290 million cuts,” she said.

“Chisholm management has already stated that the funding cuts will have a huge impact on students and staff but these plans will provide more details about which assets are at risk and if campuses are going to close.

“This is critical to public interest and every resident has a right know what the impact will be on Chisholm and the community.”

Ms Graley said the Baillieu Government should provide the details for each TAFE so Victorians hoping to enter further education and training know what options would still be available to them in the future.

“The Baillieu Government doesn’t seem to care about those wanting to gain training or up-skill to gain employment,” she said.

“There are students in Casey right now making decisions about their future, yet they have been left completely in the dark by Mr Baillieu about what options they have at Chisholm TAFE.”

Ms Graley said the Baillieu Government had devastated Victoria’s education system with more than $500 million in budget cuts to schools, VCAL and TAFEs.

“In tough economic times governments should invest in skills and training to help people find employment,” she said.

“But instead of investing, Mr Baillieu has made unprecedented cuts to education and training.

“Mr Baillieu and Skills Minister Peter Hall must release all of these transition plans because every Victorian has a right to know the full impact of the Government’s funding cuts to the TAFE sector.”