Posted on 16. May, 2014 in News

Denis Napthine’s $1.2 billion cuts from the Victorian TAFE sector have claimed another victim with the merger of Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute.

The merger of the 160 year old Bendigo institution with automotive training giant Kangan TAFE, is another indicator that regional TAFEs are under threat.

In PAEC today, Minister for Higher Education, Nick Wakeling refused to rule out any further TAFE mergers.

Quotes attributable to Mr Herbert

“Denis Napthine’s secret TAFE plan has been exposed – starve TAFEs of funds, then force them into mergers and deny all responsibility.”

“It is becoming clear that in order to access Denis Napthine’s bailout funds, TAFEs need to merge”

“Under Denis Napthine, our kids can’t get the skills they need for the jobs they want.”

Key Facts:

• There were also massive course cuts and job cuts at both institutions, with Bendigo cutting 147 jobs and 42 courses and Kangan Institute cutting 175 jobs and 52 courses.
• The Napthine Government cut $1.2 billion from TAFE.
• Half of Victoria’s TAFE’s are in deficit
• Advance TAFE lost $9.2 million in 2013.
• GippsTAFE lost $5 million in 2013.
• NMIT’s annual report has yet to be released.

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