Sorry IcyPole, that’d be a big fat nope. Fucking disgraceful. The only thing I saw was this:
The budget provides $500m over two years for the jobtrainer fund, which provides low-fee and fee-free training places for jobseekers and young people, including school leavers, in areas of identified skills needs and/or employment growth, to support them into employment as Australia emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
A further $500m over two years will be provided, subject to state and territory governments matching the funding. And $50m over two years will be spent on Tafe campuses and infrastructure, ensuring that Tafes are equipped to deliver training to the standards expected by students and industry.
So, never mind that unemployment support is still below the poverty line, never mind that they’ve not even made a rhetorical claim to care about structural unemployment, or that there are so many more people seeking work than there are vacancies, the “have a go to get a go” crowd throw a measly billion dollars at TAFE and call it good. With their track record?!
According to the Report on Government Services, total annual government VET expenditure has fallen by $1.6 billion (21.3%) from the 2012 peak of $7.65 billion.
Since 2013, the Federal Coalition:
cut $3 billion from vocational education
oversaw 140,000 fewer apprentices now than when it was elected