Labor enforces largest TAFE job cuts in Australia

TAFE SA has today confirmed that the Weatherill Labor Government is enforcing the largest TAFE job cuts across Australia and has refused to rule out the closure of campuses.

In Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee today, TAFE SA confirmed that 578 full-time jobs will be cut from TAFE – the largest cuts across Australia.

"With South Australia suffering under the highest unemployment rate in the nation, now is not the time to cut training opportunities," said Shadow Minister for Employment, Skills and Training David Pisoni.

"The potential closure of TAFE campuses also casts doubt on the future of South Australia’s training industry, given the Weatherill Labor Government’s decision to axe funding to non-government vocational trainers.

"Minister for Training Gail Gago must reverse this disastrous decision before she does irreparable damage to the industry and skills training in South Australia.

"The debacle in the training sector is a powerful illustration of how poorly the Weatherill Government plans for the future."

Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Gail Gago has repeatedly claimed that TAFE jobs losses are a matter for the TAFE Board:

The Hon. G.E. GAGO (Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills, Minister for Science and Information Economy, Minister for the Status of Women, Minister for Business Services and Consumers) ( 14:40 ): The Hon. David Ridgway full knows that staffing matters are a matter for TAFE—an independent statutory organisation. Those staffing decisions are made by their own board.

"This is the equivalent of the Health Minister trying to blame cuts in hospital staff on hospital boards," said Mr Pisoni.

"Minister Gago sets the training budget and consequently is responsible for the massive jobs losses in both TAFE and the non-government training sector."