Photo: Teachers & ES Alliance member Margarita Windisch, speaking at rally against cuts at Victoria University.
STAR NEWS, 31st July 2012.
VICTORIA University has stepped up its fight to reclaim TAFE funding across its campuses in the West. Staff, students and representatives from the Australian Education Union and National Tertiary Education Union came out in force last week rallying at VU’s Footscray Nicholson campus, calling for the State Government to repeal its decision to cut more than $200 million in TAFE funding Victoria. The budget cuts will remove differential funding for all 18 of Victoria’s TAFE institutes by January 2013.
Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Peter Dawkins said their projections showed reductions to TAFE funding would mean a $29 million cut to Victoria University’s annual vocational education funding and would bring about a fundamental change to the way vocational education was being delivered.
The aftershocks are already being felt, with 50 redundancies for ongoing positions announced so far at Victoria University alone.