Labor is calling on the Government to guarantee that students will not be worse off as a result of their rushed implementation of changes to the vocational education system.

This follows one of the biggest providers in the country – Careers Australia – being placed into sudden voluntary administration, leaving over 15,000 students and 1,000 staff in the lurch.

Labor has long warned the Government about the importance of getting the implementation of these changes right.

“The Government oversaw the explosion of dodgy providers, and now innocent students are paying the price for fixing the mess,” Shadow Minister for TAFE and Vocational Education, Kate Ellis, said.

“This should have been better handled. It’s totally unacceptable for students to get text messages in the middle of the night telling them not to show up for work placements and training.

“Reports students could end up with partial refunds instead of being able to complete their qualifications are very concerning. Students could end up with massive debts and no qualification to show for it.

“We need a clear guarantee that the Government will step in to make sure that no student is left worse off and that every single one of them can complete their course at TAFE or a quality provider.”

In the Budget Reply, Bill Shorten announcedLabor will rebuild confidence in vocational education by making quality public TAFE the backbone of the system once again.