SUPPORTING AND HONOURING VETERANS IN COLAC

The Colac community has received funding from the Victorian Government to support veterans and honour their service. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today welcomed the announcement in the lead up to ANZAC Day.by the Minister for Veterans, the Hon Shaun Leane MP as part of the Labor Government’s Anzac Day Proceeds Fund. Colac Legacy Club will receive…

NEW MOBILE LIBRARY FOR GLENELG

A new mobile library van will soon hit the rural roads of Glenelg Shire thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has announced Glenelg Shire Council will receive $47,783 from the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. The funding will help fit out a new van with…

WESTERN VICTORIA CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS

Thirty-one grassroots sport clubs and organisations in Western Victoria are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $6 million from the Victorian Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the successful applicants of the latest round of the Victorian…

COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT FOR CAMPGROUND UPGRADE

Community input is being sought ahead of a $448,000 upgrade of Dando’s Campground in the Otways. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the upgrade is part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors, a $105.6 million Victorian Government investment to boost regional economies by upgrading and building better facilities in forests and parks including tracks, trails…

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION AHEAD OF WORKS AT SAWPIT CAMPGROUND AND WHALERS LOOKOUT WALK

Community input is being sought to assist with future planning and an upgrade of two popular destinations near Portland, in the Mount Clay State Forest. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the Sawpit Campground and nearby Whalers Lookout Walk will be upgraded as part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors, a $105.6 million investment to deliver better forests, parks, tracks, trails and campgrounds for regional Victoria. Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) are partnering with Traditional Owners…

MERRIVALE PRIMARY UPGRADE A STEP CLOSER

Students at Merrivale Primary School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that De Atielier has been appointed to design the school’s $5.385 million upgrade, funded in…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: SOUTH WEST TAFE WARRNAMBOOL CAMPUS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:27): Last week I was in Warrnambool to announce the construction of the state-of-the-art learning and library hub at South West TAFE as part of the Big Build apprenticeship program. The learning and library hub is an investment that will benefit all community…

WESTERN VICTORIA CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS

WESTERN VICTORIA CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS   Fourteen grassroots sport clubs and organisations in Western Victoria are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $6 million from the Victorian Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the successful applicants of…

TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:25): I thank Dr Bach for his new interest in TAFE and the TAFE system. Members interjecting. Ms TIERNEY: Are we done? We are very supportive of TAFE. As you know, we have made record investments into the TAFE system, and of course our…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:21): Next week we celebrate Cultural Diversity Week, which coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians make significant contributions to our society. It is our commitment to enhance capacity and build opportunities via…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: MARRUNG EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

MS TIERNEY: On another note, I would like to congratulate nine high-achieving Western Victorian students who have received $5000 in education scholarships over the final two years of their senior secondary education. This program started in 2019 and recognises students who show high potential to succeed in their chosen pathway and who have strong results…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION SCHOOLS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:55): Last week I joined two school communities in celebrating fantastic upgrades to their buildings and facilities. Brauer College in Warrnambool and Mortlake College P–12 can now experience an up-to-date education environment. $4.4 million has enabled Brauer to move to excellent new specialist spaces…

MAJOR BOOST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN WESTERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $1,244,950 in emergency services in Western Victoria to provide essential operational equipment, vehicles, appliances and minor facility improvements for local volunteers. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced 23 local Country Fire Authority (CFA), Life Saving Victoria (LSV), Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) and Victorian State Emergency…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VICTORIAN HIGHER EDUCATION STATE INVESTMENT FUND

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:51): The Andrews Labor government’s $350 million Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund continues to provide much-needed stimulus to Victoria’s universities as they respond to the challenges of COVID-19. Last week I joined Darren Cheeseman, the member for South Barwon, at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds…

MAKING GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN WESTERN VICTORIA ENERGY EFFICIENT

Government schools in Western Victoria are set to become greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing their electricity costs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Merri River School, Warrnambool College – Warrnambool Campus, Warrnambool East Primary School, Derrinallum P-12 College, Deans Marsh Primary School and Lorne…

$4.4 MILLION UPGRADED FACILITIES OFFICIALLY OPENED AT BRAUER SECONDARY COLLEGE

Brauer Secondary College students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today visited Brauer Secondary College to officially open its $4.4 million upgrade. Ms Tierney said Brauer Secondary School students and teachers have access to state-of-the-art facilities, with…

PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT AMENDMENT BILL 2021

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (17:29): I move: That the second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard. Motion agreed to. Ms TIERNEY: I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: Victoria is widely regarded as having the best planning framework in Australia. This…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: VOLUNTEERING INNOVATION FUND

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:38): I rise today to congratulate volunteers working with three wetland projects in south-west Victoria—BirdLife Australia, the Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network and the Nature Glenelg Trust—each receiving a $20 000 grant as part of the Volunteering Innovation Fund, which is part of Victoria’s Great…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:21): Teachers know that some of their students will experience mental health issues during their school career, and many of those young people will need expert assistance to help them to be well enough to focus on learning. Early mental health intervention is…

PROGRAM FUNDING A BOOST FOR HAWKESDALE P-12 COLLEGE

Hawkesdale P-12 College will receive funding from the Accessible Buildings Program, to improve school facilities and infrastructure that supports students and staff with disabilities, thanks to the Victorian Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Hawkesdale P-12 College has been allocated funding from the Accessible Buildings Program to promote inclusive learning…

NATURE AND COMMUNITY GROUPS IN SOUTH WEST VICTORIA BENEFIT FROM VOLUNTEERING INNOVATION FUND

Volunteers and community groups along Victoria’s south west will share in funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Volunteering Innovation Fund. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today congratulated Birdlife Australia, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network and Nature Glenelg Trust on receiving a grant from the $2 million fund to support their conservation projects. The…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION SCHOOLS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (10:07): Today I draw the house’s attention to good news for schools in western Victoria. Mortlake P–12 joins Hamilton’s Baimbridge College and Murtoa College in a new tri-school partnership, which has been granted $40 000 to work together to significantly broaden the VCE curriculum.…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VICTORIAN HYDROGEN HUB

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:39:019:): Two weeks ago I joined Minister D’Ambrosio and Steve Dimopoulos in Clayton to announce the Andrews government’s $10 million investment in the Victorian Hydrogen Hub. This grant, which was awarded to Swinburne University of Technology, is the government’s latest investment in the university…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: APPRENTICESHIP TRADE PAPERS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:08): I rise today to discuss this government’s commitment to apprentices and the value of an apprenticeship. Members will be aware that in this year’s budget we are investing over $33 million in the Big Build apprenticeship program and almost $20 million in growing apprenticeships.…

GRANT TO GROW COLAC BOTANIC GARDENS

The iconic Colac Botanic Gardens will be rejuvenated – thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program.   Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced that Colac Otway Shire will receive a $47,500 grant for the construction of mulch and material bays at the gardens work depot,…

GRANT TO GROW PORT FAIRY BOTANIC GARDENS

The iconic Port Fairy Botanic Gardens will be rejuvenated – thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program.   Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced that Moyne Shire will receive a $20,000 grant to rejuvenate and enhance the formal entrance of the garden. The project will…

SAFER SPEED LIMIT FOR MARENGO

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to improve safety for communities on the Great Ocean Road, introducing a new speed limit at Marengo. The existing 80km/h speed limit will be extended to cover the stretch of the route between Cemetery Road and Elliott Road, on the western fringe of Marengo, to provide drivers with…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ABORIGINAL EDUCATION FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:15): In 2016 the Andrews Labor government proudly released Marrung, our 10-year Aboriginal education plan. Marrung’s vision is simple. We want a state where every Koori person achieves their potential, succeeds in life and feels strong in their cultural identity. We want Koori…

NEW FACILITIES FOR OTWAYS CAMPGROUND

The Andrews Labor Government is making camping better and more accessible for Victorians in the south west, with works to commence at a popular Otways campground. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney announced a $448,000 expansion for the Dandos Campground near Gellibrand along the Gellibrand River. It means the site will be able to cater…

IMPROVING KINDERGARTEN IN FORREST FOR THE FUTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is building and upgrading kindergartens across Victoria including in Forrest– creating thousands of new kinder places and hundreds of jobs as Victoria rolls out funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced Forrest Learning Centre will receive over $112,000 to improve their learning environments. The project involves…

BUILDING & IMPROVING KINDERGARTEN IN PORT FAIRY FOR THE FUTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is building and upgrading kindergartens across Victoria including in Port Fairy – creating thousands of new kinder places and hundreds of jobs as Victoria rolls out funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced Port Fairy Community Services Centre will receive over $478,000 to boost kindergarten places.…

APPROPRIATION (2020–2021) BILL 2020

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education): 2020 has been an astonishing and challenging year, with events that none of us could have foreseen, and Western Victoria has experienced it all, from bushfires last summer through to the devastating impacts of COVID-19 and even floods in the far south-west in spring.…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: APPRENTICESHIP TRADE PAPERS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:08): I rise today to discuss this government’s commitment to apprentices and the value of an apprenticeship. Members will be aware that in this year’s budget we are investing over $33 million in the Big Build apprenticeship program and almost $20 million in growing apprenticeships.…

PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELLBEING AMENDMENT (QUARANTINE FEES) BILL 2020

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (20:15): I lay on the table a statement of compatibility with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006: Opening paragraphs In accordance with section 28 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006, (the Charter), I make this Statement of Compatibility with respect…

MAJOR EXPANSION OF FORREST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

The Victorian Government is investing $1.57 million to expand and improve the mountain bike track network in Forrest. Upgraded facilities and new tracks will further boost Forrest’s already strong reputation as a world-class destination for mountain biking, attracting an estimated 25,000 visitors each year. The Forrest Mountain Bike Revitalisation Project will see the creation of…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:25): I am pleased to share with the house the role that free TAFE will play in Victoria’s economic and social recovery. We have all seen the success of free TAFE since it began in 2019—significant increases in enrolments in priority courses, significant…

$2.5 MILLION TO GO TOWARDS REFURBISHING EMERGENCY SERVICES IN SOUTH WEST VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $2,500,769 in emergency services in Western Victoria to improve infrastructure and facilities, back in the important work that our volunteers do and provide a boost in employment within the local community. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney has announced 28 projects will receive funding to deliver vital repairs and…

$2.5 MILLION TO GO TOWARDS REFURBISHING EMERGENCY SERVICES IN WESTERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $2,500,769 in emergency services in Western Victoria to improve infrastructure and facilities, back in the important work that our volunteers do and provide a boost in employment within the local community. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney has announced 28 projects will receive funding to deliver vital repairs and…

STATE TAXATION ACTS AMENDMENT BILL 2020

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (18:42): I move: That the second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard. Motion agreed to. Ms TIERNEY: I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: This Bill gives effect to Budget measures that will deliver important support…

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:00): I thank the member for his question. I am troubled by the cuts at universities in Victoria, whether they be course cuts or to funding to different organisations on campus and indeed of course staff cuts as well. Course cuts reduce the…

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:04): Again I thank the member for his question. What I did in my substantive response was outline where the responsibilities lie in relation to the state and the commonwealth. What my question to you and your party is: what are you going…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:11): As our state recovers stronger and fairer, the Andrews Labor government is making sure every Victorian has the support they need to get back to work. Thanks to a billion-dollar boost TAFE will be at the heart of our economic recovery, and…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Last Friday was the Australian Training Awards. I’m constantly impressed by the calibre of talent and achievement in Victoria, and this was very much on display at the national awards. And for the fifth year in a row, Victoria has taken out the Large…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: SHEARING INDUSTRY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:26): Last week I had the opportunity to visit Yulong farm near Cavendish to see the progress on the Andrews Labor government’s investment in the shearing industry. As part of our $1.2 million investment, a new shearing app has been created to complement hands-on…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: GREAT OCEAN ROAD

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education)  Last week there was great news for communities in the vicinity of the Great Ocean Road, in the south-west of my electorate. I was so pleased to be at Eastern View’s Memorial Arch for the announcement of a fantastic investment of $272.2 million…

DELIVERING SUPPORT FOR VICTORIA’S VETERANS IN THE SOUTH WEST

The Victorian Government is continuing to support veterans and their families in Western Victoria, with the latest round of grants to support the ex-service community. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney earlier this week announced the successful recipients from three separate veterans’ grants programs, delivering 62 projects State wide. The…

BIG HOUSING BUILD FOR WARRNAMBOOL

The Victorian Government is making sure more Victorians have the security and stability of a home, with our state’s – and Australia’s – biggest ever investment in public and community housing. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will deliver a historic $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to build more than 12,000 new homes throughout metro and regional…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: WOODFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Woodford Primary is a wonderful school just north of Warrnambool. Its students are a mix of those living in Woodford itself, from nearby rural communities and a number travelling from Warrnambool. The school’s website makes it clear that this school does deliver on a…

DELIVERING SUPPORT FOR VICTORIA’S VETERANS IN THE SOUTH WEST

The Victorian Government is continuing to support veterans and their families in Western Victoria, with the latest round of grants to support the ex-service community. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney earlier this week announced the successful recipients from three separate veterans’ grants programs, delivering 62 projects State wide. The…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: WORLD TEACHERS DAY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:05): I rise to recognise and applaud the work of Victoria’s teachers as we mark today World Teachers Day 2020. In particular I would like to recognise staff in the VET, Learn Local and higher education sectors across all fields and thank teachers, trainers,…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: LEARN LOCAL AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:27): This week I announced the Learn Local Awards finalists for 2020, and it was great to make this announcement with the member for Lara, John Eren, at the Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre, which is a finalist in the Volunteer Team Award. Rosewall have…

WORKER SCREENING BILL 2020

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (17:24): I would like to begin by thanking members for their contributions on the Worker Screening Bill 2020. This is a bill that will give effect to Victoria’s commitment to the Intergovernmental Agreement on Nationally Consistent Worker Screening for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:33): I am pleased to update the chamber on the important work that the Andrews Labor government has been doing to make Victoria’s TAFE system more inclusive and accessible to Victorians with a disability. We know that education and training open doors into…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION SCHOOLS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) In mid-October I had the absolute pleasure to announce some really exciting news to three schools in the State’s south-west—Hampden Specialist School, Terang College and Colac Specialist School. The Andrews Labor government is especially proud of its record in progressively upgrading schools for…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:44): I rise today to celebrate the commencement of the 2020 Victorian Training Awards. Of course this year’s awards are looking a little different, being presented as an online series rather than a gala event, but that does not change the importance of these…

$250,000 AWARDED TO GOLDEN PLAINS SHIRE COUNCIL TO BOOST SAFETY AND EMPLOYMENT

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded more than $1,360,000 to councils and organisations across Western Victoria to improve community safety and provide an economic boost to local workers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the projects funded from the Community Safety Infrastructure Grants, which includes $250,000 to…

$51,000 AWARDED TO WARRNAMBOOL CITY COUNCIL TO BOOST SAFETY AND EMPLOYMENT

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded more than $1,360,000 to councils and organisations across Western Victoria to improve community safety and provide an economic boost to local workers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the projects funded from the Community Safety Infrastructure Grants, which includes $51,150 to…

$55,000 AWARDED TO TIMBOON DEMONS FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB TO BOOST SAFETY AND EMPLOYMENT

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded more than $1,360,000 to councils and organisations across Western Victoria to improve community safety and provide an economic boost to local workers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the projects funded from the Community Safety Infrastructure Grants, which includes $55,000 to…

$250,000 AWARDED TO GOLDEN PLAINS SHIRE COUNCIL TO BOOST SAFETY AND EMPLOYMENT

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded more than $1,360,000 to councils and organisations across Western Victoria to improve community safety and provide an economic boost to local workers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the projects funded from the Community Safety Infrastructure Grants, which includes $250,000 to…

FUNDING TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG VICTORIANS IN WARRNAMBOOL TO CARE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT

Young people in Warrnambool will share in $409,500 for biodiversity projects from the Victorian Government. Grants of up to $5,000 have been allocated to 113 recipients across Victoria through the 2020 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. As Victorian children and young adults return to face-to-face learning across the state, the projects will engage students in outdoor,…

FUNDING TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG VICTORIANS IN PORTLAND TO CARE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT

Schools in Portland will share in $409,500 for biodiversity projects from the Victorian Government. Grants of up to $5,000 have been allocated to 113 recipients across Victoria through the 2020 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. As Victorian children and young adults return to face-to-face learning across the state, the projects will engage students in outdoor, hands-on…

FUNDING TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG VICTORIANS TO CARE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT

Schools in Colac region will share in $409,500 for biodiversity projects from the Victorian Government. Grants of up to $5,000 have been allocated to 113 recipients across Victoria through the 2020 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. As Victorian children and young adults return to face-to-face learning across the state, the projects will engage students in outdoor,…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:37): I rise to update the chamber on how free TAFE is helping to provide a skilled pipeline of workers that we need now and in the economic recovery from the COVID pandemic. As this house knows, free TAFE has been incredibly successful.…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:18): As members of this chamber know, Victoria is the TAFE capital of Australia, and it is the TAFE capital because of the Andrews Labor government’s investment in the system since coming to office. Backing our TAFEs is not just funding courses but…