The packed Belmont hearing

Teachers flock to TAFE Senate inquiry hearings

Maxine Sharkey
Deputy Branch Secretary

There was standing room only at the NSW Upper House Inquiry into vocational education and training hearing at Nowra TAFE and more than 100 people at the Wollongong hearing recently.

The General Purpose Standing Committee was overwhelmed by the numbers of teachers, students and employers at the informal Belmont Campus hearing. Student attendance at Belmont hearing surpassed any student attendance at other TAFE inquiry hearings throughout NSW.

  • Terms of reference for the inquiry include: factors affecting the cost of delivery of affordable and accessible vocational education and training
  • the effects of a competitive training market on student access to education, training, skills and pathways to employment
  • alternatives to the Smart and Skilled contestable training market and other funding policies
  • the effects of the Smart and Skilled roll-out on school-based apprenticeships.

Hearings have also been held in Wollongbar, Lismore, Newcastle and Sydney.

An additional hearing will be held in Sydney on November 9 and there is the possibly of a further hearing in Western Sydney.

The final report is due November 17.