The Coonabarabran TAFE campus was used as an example by the NSW Skills Minister John Barilaro yesterday, of where the improved course delivery by TAFE will be found. Despite the major cutbacks to courses and services over the years in Coonabarabran, Liberal MP Mr Barilaro said “Under the new TAFE model we will invest heavily in improving course delivery and content so that regardless of whether a student walks into TAFE in Castle Hill, Coonabarabran or Cooma they can expect the same high-quality, industry-relevant content.”
Twenty Five (25%) percent of current TAFE land and buildings will be sold off and the current system of area networks will be broken down so there is a single multi-campus TAFE. The NSW Liberal government has seen 126,000 few enrollments since they took office, and raised fees in 2015 which further stagnated enrollments. Mr Barilaro said that privatisation was not on the cards, but the reduction of expensive under-utilised back-office staff will make up most of the jobs lost.
Comments from teachers and students from Sydney areas were about their concern that TAFE campuses would be reduced to classrooms full of computers with all teaching done online.