“USE us or lose us” is the message from South West TAFE chief executive, Joe Piper, who said he was holding a brave face after the announcement of State Budget cuts.
About 20 per cent of South West TAFE’s funding is under threat in light of $100 million cuts to the sector.
The full extent of the damage is yet to be unravelled, but Mr Piper said student fees would definitely increase, staff cuts were a possibility and some courses might disappear.
“I anticipate that there will be some rationalisation of courses – what that specifically means at this stage is too early to tell,” he said.
“The staffing of our institutes depends entirely on the support of the community and businesses within the south-west.”
In 2011, South West TAFE saw eight staff redundancies and fee hikes after $700,000 in funding cuts.
Full report in today’s Spectator.