ERIC Number: ED379447
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of TAFE in Australia. An Historical Perspective.
Over the past 20 years, the increasing level of Commonwealth Government intervention in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) policies and programs has had a tremendous impact. The focus of these policies and interrelationships between the Commonwealth and states has changed from a humanistic to an economic and industrial relations approach. The Kangan report on TAFE in Australia, subsequent establishment of the TAFE Commission, and provision of Commonwealth funding in the 1970s had a dramatic effect on technical education in all states. Technical education under its new name TAFE has been recognized nationally as a distinct identity within the education spectrum. Both the quality and quantity of TAFE provision could be raised. For the first time, the Commonwealth has intervened in TAFE policy and practice. This last development has had a significant impact on TAFE over the past 15 years. Although in some respects it has resulted in a more national approach to TAFE, it still has not resulted in a standard structure or organization. The history of TAFE shows that the structures that have developed have been very closely related to the economic, geographic, and demographic needs and characteristics of each state and territory. The problems that governments need to resolve in the future and that will require the involvement of TAFE are high levels of unemployment and the need to improve productivity in industry. (References are listed at the end of each section.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational History, Educational Policy, Federal Government, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, State Government, Technical Education, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Ltd., 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New South Wales TAFE Commission, St. Leonards (Australia).
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).