Advance TAFE part of university alliance

ADVANCE TAFE could be part of an alliance of TAFE institutions with the University of Ballarat.

The Age today reported that Advance TAFE could join five other TAFE institutions, including GippsTAFE, in the “Menzies Affiliation”, named after former prime minister Sir Robert Menzies.

Under the affiliation, the TAFE institutions would continue to offer courses which are facing closure following cuts to State Government funding.

Ballarat University vice-chancellor David Battersby said he would meet the government next week to discuss the network.

Professor Battersby stopped short of describing the alliance as a merger, adding the colleges would retain their autonomy but join a collective with shared resources to provide courses each institute could not afford to teach alone.

Advance TAFE chief executive Peter Heilbuth told The Age he hoped the proposal would save some courses which individual institutes could not afford to offer.