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A Fresh Start for TAFE

A Fresh Start for TAFE SA is the government’s transformation plan to restore confidence, and reposition TAFE SA as an effective, efficient public training provider.

In 2017, the Australian Skills and Quality Authority (ASQA) identified major shortcomings in its audit of TAFE SA. The findings of the audit were the catalyst for 2 reviews.

The Quality Review of TAFE SA undertaken by the Nous Group outlines 9 recommendations in relation to strategy, governance, capability, culture, resources and systems.  The government supports all 9 recommendations.

The TAFE SA Strategic Capability Review undertaken by Terry Moran AC and Kim Bannikoff outlines serious concerns in relation to leadership, strategy and delivery.  Of the 14 recommendations in the review:

  • 9 are supported 
  • recommendations 7, 8, 9 and 10 are under consideration
  • recommendation 12 has been noted. The role of the Department of Treasury and Finance is to monitor agency budgets and advise government on required budget adjustment strategies across all agencies. TAFE SA will be monitored in the same way.

The reports of these reviews were tabled in Parliament on 4 September 2018 and are available on the Parliament of South Australia tabled papers and petitions page.

The plan for transformation, A Fresh Start for TAFE SA (PDF 1.4MB) has been informed by the recommendations in the reviews.

The Minister for Education is responsible for the oversight of TAFE SA and will take an active role through the TAFE SA Board to monitor the transformation and performance improvement in TAFE SA.
For further information, email Education.FreshStart [at] sa.gov.au.