TAFE fees slashed for more than 100 courses

WA education minister Sue Ellery and Mandurah MP David Templeman pictured with students at the South Metropolitan TAFE campus in Mandurah. Photo: Justin Rake.
WA education minister Sue Ellery and Mandurah MP David Templeman pictured with students at the South Metropolitan TAFE campus in Mandurah. Photo: Justin Rake.

The fees for more than 100 TAFE courses have been slashed by the state government.

The announcement comes as part of the new JobTrainer Agreement between the state and federal governments, and means fees for 180 courses in total have now been cut by up to 72 per cent.

People under 25 or eligible people of all ages looking for work will pay no more than $400 in annual course fees under the new arrangement.

TAFE campuses around the state have already seen an influx of enrollments on the back of reduced fees, with those in eligible priority vocational education and training (VET) courses increasing by 20 per cent.

Under the JobTrainer Agreement, the state and federal government have signed a new $103.4 million agreement that will see fees reduced in an additional 107 courses.

Those courses will deliver training in sectors including building and construction, manufacturing, information technology, mining, engineering, aquaculture, agriculture, horticulture and logistics.

The investment in WA's training sector builds on the $229.2 million WA Recovery Plan TAFE infrastructure and training package to create a pipeline of skilled workers to help with the state's economic recovery.

Reduced course fees for the 107 courses will be available from January 1, 2021.

"Our government has made TAFE a priority, and this announcement means we have now reduced TAFE fees for a total of 180 courses," WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

"This is all about ensuring Western Australians are given the best possible opportunity to undertake training, enter the workforce and play a part in WA's economic recovery."

WA education minister Sue Ellery said the slashing of TAFE fees was a significant step forward in the long-term outlook for the state.

"Training is vital in creating skilled workers to support our local businesses and communities," she said.

"We will continue to invest in training to ensure Western Australia is well positioned to bounce back as the economy recovers and can meet the job demands of local industry."

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready