Lincoln course suspended

TAFE: TAFE SA regional manager for Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Richard Horgan with former TAFE SA chief executive Robin Murt in Port Lincoln in 2015.
TAFE: TAFE SA regional manager for Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Richard Horgan with former TAFE SA chief executive Robin Murt in Port Lincoln in 2015.

Forty-one students at the Port Lincoln TAFE SA campus are among those affected by the suspension of 14 TAFE SA courses this week following a random audit of 16 courses.

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) is the only Port Lincoln TAFE SA course affected.

Statewide about 800 students have been affected by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) audit, which showed problems with the courses.

TAFE SA governance and research director Roslyn Agate said TAFE SA was “committed to ensuring our students are our main priority” and that all students in courses that were no longer able to be granted qualifications were contacted.

“Some students will need to undertake remedial action and this will be at no cost to the student,” Ms Agate said.

“We will contact each student with an individual remediation plan as soon as possible.”

Higher Education and Skills Minister Susan Close said the government was “extremely disappointed with the findings of the ASQA report”, and there would be an independent review of TAFE by the management consulting firm Nous Group.

TAFE SA chief executive Robin Murt resigned following the audit’s findings.

Australian Education Union South Australia branch president Howard Spreadbury said the review should not be limited to the 14 courses that failed the audit.

Mr Spreadbury said the result of the audit may be attributed to the impact of reduced state government funding on the organisation’s ability to deliver quality Vocational Educatonal Training (VET) programs.

“The state government has effectively cut funding to TAFE by around $100 million over the past five years which has seen campus closures and reduced staff, significantly impacting on program delivery,” Mr Spreadbury said.

Students directly affected will be notified by email or can call 1800 882 661 and all TAFE students will receive information about the audit and other subsequent changes.