If elected, a Shorten Labor Government would invest $1 million for much-needed upgrades to Goulburn TAFE to bring facilities and equipment up to standard.
The Labor candidate for Hume, Aoife Champion, said the funding would be used for upgrades to collaborative teaching and learning spaces and new digital facilities at the TAFE campus, as well as new teaching and learning resources. The money would be from Labor's promised $200 million fund to rebuild and upgrade TAFE campuses across the country.
Ms Champion said a better TAFE system was an essential investment in training for the local community.
"This election is a choice between Labor's plan for better hospitals and schools, like this $1 million investment into Goulburn TAFE, or the Liberals' cuts to schools and hospitals and bigger handouts to the top end of town," Ms Champion said.
"These funds will make a huge difference in the learning facilities and resources for local students."
She said it meant people could stay in Goulburn to get the skills they needed for local jobs. "Ensuring the local TAFE campus is up to scratch is key to giving locals the training they need to meet industry standards and participate in their community," she said.
"Labor is listening, and we will deliver this funding so students get the best out of their TAFE education with proper resources and equipment."
Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones was in Goulburn for the announcement. He said supporting TAFE was "in Labor's DNA".
"Labor is committed to improving our TAFE campuses which provide students with the skills they need for 21st century jobs," Mr Jones said.
"Labor will enable an additional 100,000 students to go to TAFE without upfront fees."
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