Some new and important voices are questioning Victoria’s experiments with VET market reform and their impacts on TAFE institutes. The new voices include the NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, (Campus Review, October 17), who said in relation to Victoria that “leaving training up to the open market there can be shortcomings”. He gave as an example of the student entitlement scheme gone haywire in Victoria the dramatic increase in the number of personal trainers graduating. With regard to TAFE NSW he said, unequivocally, “We want to protect the viability of TAFE”.
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