Report recommends TAFE reduction
TAFE campuses in regional Queensland could be slashed from 82 to just 38, after the state's Skills Taskforce proposed the cuts in an interim report to government.
The report proposes major cuts to the number of TAFE campuses, as well as a restructure of vocational education across the state.
If Education Minister John Paul Langbroek takes up the taskforce proposals, the worst-hit region would be Far North Queensland, with 15 of 26 campuses shut down and sold.
The Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast region would lose eight campuses, down from 13 currently open, while the "western corridor" would lose five campuses, down from 16.
Brisbane metropolitan areas would also be hit under the plan, with 15 campuses cut down to just five in the capital.
It is understood Mr Langbroek created the taskforce to find savings within the TAFE education system.
PROPOSED TAFE CLOSURES:
- Far North Queensland Region (from 26 to 15 campuses)
- Fraser and Sunshine Coast Region (from 13 to 8 campuses)
- Western Corridor Region (from 16 to 11 campuses)
- Brisbane Metropolitan Region (from 15 to 5 campuses)
- Skills Tech Australia (from 6 to 2 campuses)
- Gold Coast Region (from 6 to 3 campuses)