Dapto TAFE campus is slowly, but surely, being gutted by the NSW Liberal Government.
Student and staff numbers have fallen in consecutive years since the Liberal Government took power in 2011.
Staff numbers at Dapto TAFE have fallen by 22 since the last year of the former NSW Labor Government – in 2010, 111 staff worked at the Dapto TAFE. Since then, that number has continued to drop, now to just 83 staff.
A significant fall in student enrolments at the campus has also occurred in each year, from 658 students in 2010 to just 348 in 2012 and 274 in 2013.
These falling numbers at the Dapto TAFE are a direct result of cuts to vocational education and training, and the sacking of TAFE staff across New South Wales.
Disturbingly, the Minister has since made clear that his Government will no longer be providing enrolment data for any individual college anywhere in New South Wales, keeping secret any further drops in numbers in coming years.
Services and courses have been also hived off to other TAFE campuses’ in the region. This clear agenda seems to have no end, as speculation is rife that three further services functioning from the Dapto TAFE campus will be moved to the West Wollongong TAFE campus.
The Minister has also confirmed that the Illawarra Institute Finance Unit which was on the Dapto TAFE campus has been closed down and relocated to West Wollongong TAFE.
Meanwhile, there appears to be credible information that Illawarra TAFE management are refurbishing classrooms at the West Wollongong TAFE campus to accommodate new office space.
This string of bad news for the future of Dapto TAFE comes as Liberal Wollongong City Council, Bede Crasnich, told the Dapto Neighbourhood Forum (which covers the Dapto TAFE campus) in an email that he was “glad west (sic) Wollongong has been allocated new resources…”
Anna has been joined by other local state and federal Labor MPs to demand the Premier Mike Baird MP guarantee the future of the Dapto TAFE campus and rule out any planned transfer of staff and functions operating at the campus to other TAFEs in the region.
“This TAFE campus is being gutted by the State Government. It was once a thriving place of learning with nearly 700 students and 111 staff,” Anna said.
“The Minister and the Illawarra TAFE Institute management haven’t had the guts to come clean and tell the local Dapto community that it’s their intention to close this learning facility down.
“Under this State Liberal Government the Dapto TAFE has a limited life-span and I won’t stand for it.”