NSW Teachers Federation

Condobolin Tafe Campus to be sold?

By Melissa Blewitt

The future of Condobolin TAFE Campus is unclear, after wide-ranging reform to the sector was announced by NSW Skills Minister John Barilaro last week.

TAFE Western will go, which includes the Condobolin Campus, as 10 autonomous TAFE institutes are merged into a single, multi-campus entity.

It is expected campuses will be sold and a new digital education headquarters will be created in regional NSW.

Mr Barilaro described the proposal a “once-in-a-generation” reform.

The NSW Government said the changes would expand TAFE’s reach and reverse a huge decline in student enrolments.

According to the NSW Department of Industry, NSW has lost half its students in the past three years, down from 539,146 students in 2012 to 255,781 in the third quarter of 2015.

The NSW Teachers Federation fears back-office jobs will be cut and campuses will be sold in the major restructure.

“The Baird Government is not dealing with the fundamental problem facing NSW TAFE which is that vocational education is now unaffordable for many students,” NSW Teachers Federation Acting President Denis Fitzgerald said.

He added courses had been cut, student fees increased and 5500 teacher jobs had disappeared.

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