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TAFE travel subsidy for north coast students scrapped

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A subsidy helping north coast high school students travel to courses at TAFE looks set to be scrapped next year.

The subsidies were put in place to help students in rural and remote areas get to TAFE vocational education and training courses.

A concerned parent of a student at Mullumbimby High alerted the Echonetdaily about the proposed cuts, saying students taking part in TAFE courses would not have access to school buses to take them to the Lismore or Kingscliff campuses.

‘A lot of the kids who are doing Year 11 next year are wondering how they will be able to get to the TAFE campuses,’ she said.

A spokesperson for the NSW Department of Education confirmed that while the subsidies have been available this year, they would not be available next year.

‘The majority of the region’s capped remote student travel at $10 per trip per week and had management systems in place to ensure that transport costs could be met,’ the spokesman said.

‘The growth in the numbers of students studying at TAFE increased the cost of the scheme to the point where schools and TAFE collaborated to reduce the amount of travel required, for instance by providing more concentrated periods of study at TAFE.

‘All North Coast secondary schools have been advised that this discussion is now underway in their area, given that the present subsidy cannot be maintained next year.

‘In addition to concentrating periods of study at TAFE, other options being canvassed include some popular TAFE courses being delivered in some schools, and car-pooling through schools.

Schools that require additional support with all aspects of TVET, including travel, have been asked to contact their local senior pathways officer to help finalise TVET arrangements for 2015.

Under the new guidelines for student travel, schools are required to advise students that they are to meet the costs of travel to and from TAFE courses.

The guidelines state that students in government schools may be provided with a travel subsidy on a cases-by-case basis.

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  1. So we can subsidise fuel for mining but when it comes to educating the next generation of our population the Liberal govt isn’t interested, somethings definitely wrong with this picture.

  2. As Roger says our government can pay subsidies for mining but not the next generation. How dare they hit fare subsidies, most students wont be able to get to Tafe in our area with out subsidies. Parents already hit by the extra petrol excise will again struggle to get their children to Tafes. This is a regional area and we are being hit left right an center,…… to those who voted this government in thanks for NOTHING ………..and nothing is what we are going to get. We will be loosing our children faster now. Im ashamed to be an Australian at the moment we have turned into a mean spirited, money pinching from the lowest earners, me myself and I.. country
    Gough gave us the chance to be a world leader in innovative and before our time policy’s which are now being wiped away with a back hander slap to our faces.. plus now we have a government that calls its people by slogans, The “age of entitlement” is gone, “team Australia”, yarda yarda, City centric governments who are open for business …..well be gone …I say ……BE GONE ……..


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