A new public inquiry into access to TAFE for learners with disability is inviting community members to share their views and experiences. The Victorian Legislative Assembly’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee is examining the accessibility of TAFE for learners with disability and how their experience of TAFE can be improved.
“We know many young people with disability have post-school aspirations but education participation rates suggest they face barriers to achieving their goals,” said Committee Chair John Eren. “All people, whatever their ability, should be able to access further education and have a positive learning experience.” Australians with disability have lower rates of Year 12 completion and employment than those without disability. Adequate support to continue their studies and secure meaningful employment will help improve the financial independence and wellbeing of people with disability. The Committee will be assessing the effectiveness of current government and TAFE policies as well as strategies used in Victoria and interstate to increase the participation of learners with disability in TAFE. It will also examine the types of training and support Victorian TAFE teachers need to maximise the learning experiences of students with disability. To find Public submissions to the inquiry are open until 16 October 2020. For more information on the inquiry, including how to make a submission, go to the Committee’s website https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eic-la/inquiries/inquiry/966