Cuts to government funding subsidy for arts courses in TAFEs started in 2012 causing a dramatic drop in enrolments and as a result, a the severe contraction of courses and staff around the country, the worst affected states being Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
In September 2012, the NSW government announced that it would stop subsidising art education in TAFE, leaving 4,000 students without access to finishing their courses in 2013, unless they could pay fees of around $6000 to $8000 per year.
A Senate Inquiry into the role of TAFE and its operations was called in early 2013 in response to cuts made to the subsidy of courses in the TAFE sector in several states.
NAVA made a submission to this inquiry.
In the news
Arts sector puzzled by vocational course cuts, The Wire, 21 October 2016
Richard Watts, Arts education cuts leave sector fuming, ArtsHub, 18 October 2016
Osman Faruqi, The Federal Government Has Wiped Out Vocational Arts Education In Australia, Junkee, 12 October 2016
TAFE NSW overhaul will include job losses, unclear how many, Minister says, ABC News, 13 September 2016
Matthew Knott, We will smash business model: Simon Birmingham outlines private college crackdown, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 August 2016
Richard Watts, Student loans cut to creative courses, ArtsHub, 10 October 2016
Arts training threatened in vocational loans review, ArtsHub, 29 August 2016
Kirsty Needham, TAFE to sell off 27 sites, close regional campuses, SMH, 13 September 2015
Matthew Knott, TAFE shake-up: federal government pushes for vocational education takeover, SMH, 11 September 2015
Jordyn Butler, Where RMIT stands in TAFE funding dilemma, Catalyst, 10 April 2014
Peter Wicks, No warning: NSW Government leaves TAFE students stranded, Independent Australia, 7 February 2014
Monique Cowper, Job cuts feared at Hornsby TAFE after fine art department axed, Hornsby Advocate, 6 February 2014
Matthew Knott, NSW deals blow to Christopher Pyne's push for school independence, SMH, 5 February 2014
Tracey Findlay, TAFE students left in the lurch after art schools closed at Northern Sydney Institute, Hornsby Advocate, 4 February 2014
Anna Patty, Call to reinstate fine arts funding at TAFE, SMH, 19 March 2013
Brendan Sheehan, TAFE cuts will affect everyone: state governments should think again, The Conversation, 20 September 2012
Rachael Lucas and Jenni Henderson, East Gippsland arts community brace for TAFE cuts, ABC Gippsland, 1 August 2012
Geoff Strong, TAFE cuts the end of the road for Ballarat arts school, The Age, 25 May 2012