The Victorian Government has announced the formation of an independent advisory panel aimed at ensuring that the state’s TAFE network remains viable as the State proceeds with major cuts to the state’s vocational education and training model.


The four-strong TAFE Reform Panel will convene later this week and will oversee the transition to reforms outlined in the State’s Budget.


"Our reforms will ensure that Victorians undertaking government-subsidised training are more likely to graduate with a qualification and in-demand skills so they can find meaningful employment,” Higher Education Minister Peter Hall said.


"There is a significant opportunity for TAFE institutions to consolidate their prime place in Victoria's training system, capitalise on the TAFE brand and make positive changes in the form of greater collaboration between providers, sharing of services and delivery, innovative delivery modes, greater productivity in employment conditions and closer alignment with higher education programs.”


The Victorian Government has asked each TAFE institute to submit a plan outlining how it will transition to the new funding arrangements for vocational training, and is providing assistance to enable them to do this.


The TAFE Reform Panel will consider these transition plans and make recommendations to the government on structural and business reform in the TAFE sector.