MP fears threat to Bremer TAFE

A NEW bill could affect the independence of Bremer TAFE, State Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller fears.

Ms Miller voiced her concerns for the Bremer TAFE in parliament, after she said she supported the Vocational Education and Training (Commonwealth Powers) Bill on the whole.

She tabled a news report that suggested a Bremer TAFE merger with the Moreton South Institute of TAFE or another TAFE was possible.

"We could lose the name 'Bremer TAFE' and we could be lost in the LNP's mad system of crazy budget cuts," she said.

Ms Miller said she had started a petition on the matter, at parliament.qld.gov.au.

"The e-petition is a test for the MPs for Ipswich, Ipswich West, Lockyer and Mount Ommaney," she said. "Every day I will be checking it to see if your names are on it."

Ipswich MP Ian Berry told the QT the lack of signatures on the petition, lodged Wednesday, showed people were not concerned about the Bremer TAFE's structure.

"My focus will be on ensuring that the training provided by Bremer TAFE aligns with the future jobs that are going to be created in Queensland," he said.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek previously told the QT there were no plans for a Bremer TAFE merger.

Mr Berry said this was still the case.

Mr Langbroek said the bill would transfer Queensland to a national VET regulatory system by introducing a single national regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

He said the move would be effected by transferring departmental employees to the ASQA under a voluntary agreement.



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