The Fee-Free TAFE initiative has hit its targets 6 months ahead of schedule, attracting far more than 180,000 enrolments in its first 6 months.

Member for Werriwa Anne Stanley MP said that enrolment figures for Fee-Free TAFE continuing to climb showed that Australians were hungry to re-train and plug vital skill shortages.

“Labor’s Fee-Free TAFE is helping Australians to acquire new skills, and to access well-paid jobs,” said Ms Stanley MP.

“More than 214,000 Australians have now enrolled in a course, and will get the skills they need, and our economy needs, for the future.”

Women make up over 60 percent of enrolments, with more than 35 percent of total enrolments being in critical parts of our care sector. Over 15,000 people with disability have enrolment and almost 7,000 First Nations Australians.

The Government’s Fee-Free TAFE initiative has been an enormous success while remaining within budget.

Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor MP, said that this initiative offered a huge cost of living relief for students, and was good news for employers.

“Fee-Free TAFE grows the recruitment pool for employers and eases the skills shortages that hold our economy back,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Fee-Free TAFE is the spark that is igniting a renewed sense of optimism and potential in our vocational education and training sector and I’m looking forward to building on our success.”