The South Australian Government has passed its TAFE SA Statutory Authority Bill through the state’s House of Assembly, a major step in the state’s Skills for All reform.


State Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister, Tom Kenyon, said the legislation will modernize governance arrangements by allowing TAFE SA to operate in a more commercial and competitive capacity.


“TAFE SA will become even more responsive to market needs by providing greater commercial autonomy and accountability through a Board of Directors, as well as flexibility and independence from government processes,” Mr Kenyon said.


The legislation establishes a separation between TAFE SA and the State Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, allowing it to make independent decisions on funding and investment.


TAFE SA is currently the state’s largest public training provider, with around 80,000 students in the system each year.