TAFE under fire after audit

REVIEW: Over a dozen TAFE SA courses will cease enrolments immediately as a result of an audit by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
REVIEW: Over a dozen TAFE SA courses will cease enrolments immediately as a result of an audit by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has today handed down its audit of 16 TAFE courses prompting a raft of changes within the corporation.

The results of the audit have resulted in TAFE not being able to enrol students in 14 of the 16 courses which were reviewed by ASQA.

The audit of 16 courses resulted in the approval of two qualifications and the suspension of 14 qualifications – four of which are no longer offered - restricting TAFE SA’s ability to accept new enrolments in:

  • Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate II in Meat Processing (Abattoirs)
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
  • Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
  • Certificate III in Hairdressing
  • Diploma of Visual Merchandising
  • Diploma of Building and Construction
  • Certificate III in Plumbing

Minister for Higher Education Susan Close said her main priority is to restore the faith of South Australians in TAFE while ensuring students are kept as informed as possible, with minimal disruption to their studies.

Students directly affected by today’s news will be notified by email or can call 1800 882 661 and all TAFE students will receive information about the audit and other subsequent changes.

Minister Close today announced that she will be recommending to the Governor in Executive Council to dismiss the Chair of the TAFE Board, Peter Vaughan.

Minister Close said she had also spoken to the Chief Executive of TAFE SA, Robin Murt, and he has offered his resignation to the board.

Other changes include an independent review of TAFE and the Terms of Reference will be announced shortly.

The report by ASQA was undertaken by a single commissioner and TAFE SA will exercise its right to seek a reconsideration by the full panel of commissioners.'

Ms Close said she was ‘extremely disappointed’ with the findings in the ASQA report.

“I will be seeking an independent review of TAFE which will include all courses currently being provided.” she said.