Pirie’s TAFE in audit strife

SUSPENDED: Many TAFE graduates will be questioning the legitmacy of their qualifications follow the audit announced on Monday which suspended 14 courses.
SUSPENDED: Many TAFE graduates will be questioning the legitmacy of their qualifications follow the audit announced on Monday which suspended 14 courses.

A course offered at the Port Pire TAFE campus has been included in the list of 14 suspended qualifications discovered in an audit of 16 courses. 

A Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) is among the suspended qualifications which has now restricted TAFE SA’s ability to accept new enrollments. 

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) handed down an audit on Monday of 16 TAFE courses, four of which are no longer offered, prompting a raft of changes within the corporation. 

The 10 running courses suspended through the audit:

  • Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate II in Meat Processing (Abattoirs)
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
  • Certificate IV in Leisure and Health 
  • Certificate III in Hairdressing
  • Diploma of Visual Merchandising 
  • Diploma of Building and Construction
  • Certificate III in Plumbing

Minister for High Education and Skills, Susan Close, announced the reforms on Monday and said her highest priority is to restore the faith of South Australians in TAFE, whilst ensuring students are kept as informed as possible, with minimal disruption to their studies. 

“I am extremely disappointed with the findings in the ASQA report and I will be seeking an independent review of TAFE which will include all courses currently being provided.”

Following the Monday announcement, Susan Close announced that management consulting firm, Nous Group had been appointed by the State Government to undertake a wide-ranging review of TAFE SA. 

The review will include improving the effectiveness of TAFE SA’s internal quality assurance mechanisms to ensure it delivers high quality training that is compliant with national standards for training provides, and restoring confidence in the public provider. 

Minister Close said there is an enormous, justifiable public concern about how TAFE is functioning and she wants to ensure the review addresses those concerns and fixes the problems immediately.

“Nous consultants have specialist expertise in VET policy, policy reform and evaluation, as well as transformation strategy and cultural change. I have every confidence Nous will deliver the results needed to ensure TAFE SA can deliver high quality service that the community expect.”

All students affected will be notified by email or can call 1800 882 661 and all TAFE students will receive information about the audit. 

Minister Close announced that she will be recommending to the Governor in Executive Council to dismiss the Chair of the TAFE Board.

Chief Executive of TAFE SA, Robin Murt has also offered his resignation to the board.