Ceduna TAFE course affected

Twelve students at the Ceduna TAFE SA campus are among those affected by the suspension of 14 TAFE SA courses this week following a random audit of 16 courses.

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) is the only Ceduna TAFE SA course affected.

There are about 800 students throughout the state, including 41 students at the Port Lincoln campus also undertaking the same course, who have been affected by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) audit, which showed problems with the courses.

TAFE SA governance and research director Roslyn Agate said the course would be suspended from taking enrolments from January 23, 2018 while it provided further evidence to ASQA about the plans to bring the courses back into line with the national training standards.

“Students are our main priority,” she said.

“We have communicated with all students enrolled in the relevant qualifications and will continue to follow up with them over the coming weeks and months.

“Some students will need to undertake some remedial action and this will be at no cost to the student.”

She said students would be contacted with personalised plans of action as soon as possible, while those already enrolled in the course would continue their training.

Higher Education and Skills Minister Susan Close said the government was “extremely disappointed with the findings of the ASQA report”, and there would be an independent review of TAFE by the management consulting firm Nous Group.

TAFE SA chief executive Robin Murt resigned following the audit’s findings.

Australian Education Union South Australia branch president Howard Spreadbury said the review should not be limited to the 14 courses that failed the audit.

Mr Spreadbury said the result of the audit may be attributed to the impact of reduced state government funding on the organisation’s ability to deliver quality Vocational Educational Training programs.

“The state government has effectively cut funding to TAFE by around $100 million over the past five years which has seen campus closures and reduced staff, significantly impacting on program delivery,” he said.

Students who need additional support or wish to talk with someone regarding their individual circumstances are encouraged to contact TAFE SA on 1800 882 661 or via studentservices@tafesa.edu.au.