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A modernised structure for TAFE in NSW - which will reduce overheads,
direct more resources to frontline teaching services and guarantee
TAFE is meeting the training and skills needs of the State economy -
was unveiled today by Minister for Skills John Barilaro.
Under the once-in-a-generation reforms, the independent Institute
structure of TAFE will be replaced with a single, multi-campus TAFE NSW.
"Under the new TAFE model, we will invest heavily in improving
course delivery and content, so that regardless of whether a student
walks into TAFE in Castle Hill, Coonabarabran, or Cooma, they can
expect the same high-quality, industry-relevant content," Mr
"This reform will make significant savings on back office
administration and management which will be reinvested back into
training and skilling the people of NSW for the jobs of the future.
"Excessive overheads, a large and underutilised asset base, and
inflexible workforce arrangements are diverting valuable Government
funding away from the most important job TAFE has – training our
workforce of the future."
For every $1 million saved, TAFE NSW has the potential to train a
further 250 students.
NSW continues to have the strongest economy of any state in the
country and the highest jobs growth. To ensure that our economic
advantage is supported and sustained, we need to continue to
strengthen our skills base by providing vocational education and
training options that connect students with jobs.
The 25-year-old TAFE model was designed to create competition between
the Institutes to increase student choice; however, with the variety
of options available today – including university; online study;
overseas study; and non-government training providers, including
community organisations – TAFE doesn't need to compete with itself.
Under these reforms, the NSW Government will also:
Open 12 brand-new Connected Learning Centres each month in 2017 –
giving students accesses to TAFE training and teaching across the
network; Create a new TAFE Digital Education headquarters in
regional NSW; and Reinvest any money from land or asset sales
back into TAFE NSW. See more about One TAFE. Your Future