TAFE Back to Work Fund

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — (Question 319) My question is to the Minister for Training and Skills and concerns the TAFE Back to Work Fund. It is a fantastic initiative that will help us to create 100 000 jobs and get people back to work.

I know it has been particularly well received in the local community, including by the chief executive officer of Chisholm Institute of TAFE, Maria Peters, who said:

We welcome the investment into the sector, and look forward to realising the opportunities offered to the local community and industry, particularly through the TAFE Back to Work Fund.

That is a ringing endorsement. I was thrilled recently to join the Minister for Training and Skills and visit the Berwick Trade Careers Centre, which is a multi-trade simulated building site that supports training in carpentry, plumbing, bricklaying and electrical work, all taking place at the same time. I know young families and people in my electorate are really thrilled to have access to the very best education and training opportunities closer to home.

I understand that Chisholm Institute has made an application to the TAFE Back to Work Fund, and I ask the minister to consider its application and ensure that it can contribute and continue its very fine work on behalf of the young people of the Narre Warren South electorate.