Building TAFE For The Future


A Shorten Labor Government will restore public TAFE to the centre of vocational education system.

A skilled and educated workforce is a national economic priority, and TAFE is the lifeblood of our vocational education and training system.

In too many towns and regional centres across Australia, TAFE campuses have closed, courses have been scaled back and fees have increased.

Under the Liberals the government-funded hours of training delivered through TAFE collapsed by more than 30 per cent between 2013 and 2017.

Under the Liberals’ watch, unscrupulous private for-profit providers gouged Commonwealth loans schemes, leaving students and staff stranded with unfair debts.


A Shorten Labor Government will invest in better vocational education and enduring careers for Australians.

Labor will:

  1. Invest $200 million to reverse the decline in TAFE facilities, and revitalise TAFE campuses across Australia.
  2. Guarantee TAFE at least two thirds of public vocational education funding.
  3. Prioritise education and training that set people up for good working lives.
  4. Keep quality regional campuses open to support industry and the community.

We will pay for this by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.