23 February 2018 

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) welcome the announcement by the Opposition today that we must boost participation in strong post-secondary education, particularly among disadvantaged groups.

“The ATN have long advocated for access to high quality education and recognise that universities and the vocational education sector need to work closely together to ensure Australia’s workforce can respond to future challenges” said Renee Hindmarsh, ATN Executive Director.

“It is important to recognise that both universities and TAFE specialise in the delivery of skills. The ATN universities deliver not just high quality technical skills to our graduates, but increasingly we are focussing on enterprise skills that will be critical for future careers.”

The ATN recognises that life-long learning and re-skilling and up-skilling our population is going to become increasingly important, and it is vital that we have the regulatory framework in place that will support that, including pathways between vocational education and higher education and vice-versa.

“The demand driven system has seen a significant increase in participation and aspiration among disadvantaged groups. While there is more to be done, we call on the Opposition to recommit to the demand-drive system under a Labor government, to ensure Universities can continue to implement innovative approaches to drive participation, employment and strategic outcomes among targeted groups.”