TAFE Directors Australia

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TDA Policy on Higher Education

In 2010, TDA released its Blueprint for Australia’s Tertiary Education Sector in response to the Bradley Review (2008) The Blueprint outlines TDA’s position on the place of TAFE in an interconnected tertiary sector.

Following significant changes in the sector since Bradley, and increasing delivery of higher education by non-university providers, TDA released a policy position paper in 2013, which argues:

- Students at TAFE should have access to Commonwealth Supported Places, with preference for areas of skills shortages;

- A demand-led system should include funding to support pathway qualifications for students from VET into higher education; and;

The capability of TAFE to deliver higher education should be recognised through a specific category in the Higher Education Provider Standards.


Two TDA papers inform the policy position:

1.       Public Technical and Further Education Providers in the Tertiary Sector: Unleashing the capability

2.       Pathways to higher qualifications: when students choose TAFE to study higher education

The emergence of TAFE institutes as ‘integrated tertiary providers’ is in line with developments in other countries such as North America, United Kingdom and, in the region, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.


More TDA policy position papers are available on a range of policy issues.