The Australian Industry Group (AI Group) has spoken out against the Victorian Government's cut to the TAFE sector, saying the $300 million cuts could not come at a worse time as the demand for skilled workers continues to grow.


"There have been significant changes made to TAFE in Victoria, for instance which have led to closures of dozens of courses at regional TAFE colleges within Victoria… It is of significant concern to industry that we won't be able to then drive that skills pool into the future and kids in regional Australia will miss out on opportunities to gain skills and then get into the workforce," AI Group's CEO Innes Willox said at his National Press Club address.


Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, joined in the condemnation of the cuts, urging the State Government to revisit its planned cuts.


"At the very time we need to grow Australia's skill base, the Baillieu Government is implementing policies that will reduce training opportunities for Victorians, especially those living in regional areas," Senator Evans said.