Federal Member for Bass, Ross Hart in parliament yesterday welcomed the Government’s overdue decision to waive the debts of thousands of students ripped off by dodgy vocational training providers.


More than 6000 students have complained to the Ombudsman after being charged VET FEE-HELP for courses they did not undertake.


Mr Hart said “I have spoken about the student debts incurred by the actions of dodgy vocational training providers a number of times since being elected, in fact the Government has known about it since 2014. I’ve been pleased to help students with unfair debt claims”.


“Students should never have been expected to pay debts racked up by dodgy for profit training providers that went rogue under the Coalition’s watch”.


“Many of these students have been saddled with these unfair VET-FEE HELP debts for years”.


“This Government’s record on vocational education speaks for itself, more than $3 billion slashed from vocational education and a further $270 million over the forward estimates”.


“There are now 140,000 fewer apprentices and trainees than when they came to office”.


“Tasmania needs more, not less, investment in TAFE and apprenticeships.”


“A Shorten Labor government will provide $100 million to the Building TAFE for the Future Fund to revitalise campuses across Australia and waive upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students”.


“This is precisely what our community needs to prepare young people for the well paid jobs of the future.”