State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley raised her concerns about the impact of the Baillieu Government’s TAFE cuts on women in Parliament earlier this week.

Ms Graley said that an analysis by the Victorian TAFE Association has revealed that
the $290 million in cuts to Victoria’s TAFE system will disadvantage women students in TAFE on average twice as much, and up to five times more than males.

“The association has discovered that courses popular with women will have their funding cut by up to 85 per cent,” she said

“This is in stark contrast to apprenticeship courses dominated by men who will only see cuts of around 6%,”

“The courses set to be savaged include courses in children’s services, hospitality, retail, business administration and community services,”

“This is a kick in the guts to every young woman in Casey who wanted to do a course at Chisholm.”

Ms Graley said that the Baillieu government has now created further barriers to women seeking to upskill, forge a new career path or re-enter the workforce.

“I believe that all Victorians regardless of their genders should have the opportunity to access quality and affordable education and training,”

“And yet rather than make it easier for women to get a job, Mr Baillieu is sending them straight to the jobless queue,”

“This is a Government that just doesn`t care about the job prospects of our young people and it certainly doesn`t care about helping young women access further education or training.”