Government cuts cost of course fees at TAFE in Albany

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
TAFE WA South Regional, Albany campus.
Camera IconTAFE WA South Regional, Albany campus. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The State Government has slashed fees for 18 courses at South Regional TAFE’s Albany campus.

From Certificate II in Community Services to Certificate IV in Dental Assisting, annual course fees will be capped at $1200 and $400 for concession students at the Albany Campus from January 1.

Monday’s $53.5 million Lower Fees, Local Skills policy announcement by the McGowan Government is designed to make training more affordable for selected “high- priority” skills. The 50 per cent fee reductions have been targeted to align with emerging skills shortages, and certain sectors including aged and disability care, civil, defence and tourism.

South Regional TAFE managing director Duncan Anderson said the announcement was great news for prospective students and industries in the Great Southern regions.

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“The Government recognises priority industry areas and this initiative will stimulate employment and the regions’ economy,” Mr Anderson said.

He encouraged young people to seek career advice from the jobs and skills centres at the Albany campus and to train in an area that suited their personality and interests.

The fee cuts announcement came in the lead-up to South Regional TAFE’s open day this Saturday.

The free event runs from 10am- 1pm at the Albany campus, with lecturers and training staff on hand to speak to prospective students about courses.

There will also be campus tours and a booth to help people match their personality to a career.

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