MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:28): The Australian Training Awards were held last night, and Victoria once again made its mark by winning a number of categories. I am really pleased to advise the chamber that Victoria’s TAFE network has won Large Training Provider of the Year for the sixth year in a row. This year’s winner is William Angliss Institute. William Angliss does an outstanding job delivering the pipeline of skilled workers we need in tourism, hospitality and events. Last year marked its 80th anniversary, and its commitment, since the beginning, to provide a choice of industries remains its top priority. William Angliss gives so many Victorians the building blocks to start a great career. Like all TAFEs, its work is life changing.
I am also proud to advise that Samantha Daly, an outstanding student from Swinburne University of Technology, was awarded Australian Vocational Student of the Year. This is indeed a great recognition of her commitment to study and work in the mental health sector. Committed and passionate teachers and trainers underpin our VET system. Dean Champ, a teacher at Box Hill Institute, has dedicated his career to best practice in teaching foundation skills. Last night he was presented with the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award.
I am proud of all Victorians, the nominees and finalists, as they are a testament to the world-class TAFE that we have here in Victoria. Congratulations to all award recipients, as they exemplify the important role the VET system plays in providing the skills for people to contribute now and into the future in our great Victorian society.