ACT Cuts Vocational Training Funding

Date —

20 Jan 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The Australian Capital Territory faces a potential long-term skills shortage following significant cuts to funding for students across a range of qualifications. Funding for students has been cut by 30% to 50% in key areas such as early childhood education, digital media and community services.

Key Issues —

The Australian Capital Territory faces a potential long-term skills shortage after the Territory’s government cut funding across a range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.

The ‘User Choice’ and ‘Skilled Capital’ funding initiatives in the Australian Capital Territory have been simultaneously cut for key VET qualifications across vital sectors like early childhood education and community services.

Information released by Skills Canberra and analysed by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) shows that funding for students has been by 30% to 50% in key areas such as early childhood education, digital media and community services. 

Working with its members, the ITECA Australian Capital Territory Branch has established that ‘new Worker’ funding for some courses has reduced by 30% to 50% and that ‘existing worker’ funding for key courses has been cut by up to 67%.  

               

Qualification examples

Worker Type

2019 Subsidy

2020 Subsidy

Change

Diploma of Mental Health

new

$10,740

$6,030

-44%

Cert III in Design Fundamentals

new

$2,570

$0

-100%

Cert II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

new

$3,370

$1,540

-54%

Cert IV in Work Health and Safety

existing

$1,730

$0

-100%

Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care

existing

$5,960

$2,150

-64%

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

existing

$11,360

$4,080

-64%

Diploma of Community Services

existing

$9,320

$3,380

-64%

Diploma of Beauty Therapy

existing

$8,550

$0

-100%

Cert IV in Property Services (Real Estate)

existing

$4,320

$0

-100%



Of concern is that funding for that supports some VET students, particularly existing workers, has been cut altogether.  It’s important to note that the ‘Skilled Capital’ list has slashed the 107 funded courses to just 36.
 
                 Skills Canberra Link —

The ITECA Australian Capital Territory Branch has been actively working across the independent VET sector to review the long-term impact on the ability of the sector to support students.  Of concern was that Skills Canberra had note engaged with stakeholders concerning the magnitude of the cuts.  Indeed, Skills Canberra announced the change one day with them coming into force the following day.

Members of the ITECA Australian Capital Territory Branch are providing high-level advice and guidance as to the direction of policy efforts to reverse the cuts.  Locally, discussions have been held with the Chief Ministers’ office and continue with Skills Canberra.

According to the ITECA State Of The Sector Report, there are some 58 independent vocational education and training providers based in the Australian Capital Territory that support around 70% of the 57,000 students in VET programs.


Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Australian Capital Territory Branch Committee.

Further Information —

For more information on this issue please send an email to act@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ITECAust.


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