The mess in TAFE SA, with a dozen randomly selected courses failing to reach Australian Skills Quality Authority standards, is a new example of a continuing problem.
Back in 2015 then training minister Gail Gago allocated to TAFE most of 81 000 places in 700 courses, the private training lobby estimated its members could compete for just 5000 places.
Minister Gago justified preventing private providers competing for publicly funded student places under the WorkReady strategy but said this would only be for the first year. “TAFE SA has an important role in vocational education. So, we are supporting TAFE SA while it transitions to more innovative and flexible training provision that better responds to community and industry needs and is more sustainable in a competitive market,” she said, (CMM May 22 2015).
Perhaps it is still transitioning.