Community united for VET reform
The need for vocational education and training sector reform was highlighted at a Queensland Community Alliance assembly last week.
At the meeting held in Mt Gravatt on Brisbane’s Southside, the Alliance, of which our union is a member, celebrated its wins over the past year and set out a path of future advocacy.
A key win was securing a seat at the table for the impending Queensland vocational education reform strategy – highlighting the need to revitalise the sector and ensure enhanced working conditions for VET educators.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles said both government and VET employers needed to show genuine professional respect to those working in the sector.
“This is a sector that has been profoundly affected by funding instability and ongoing changes implemented by government without sufficient consideration of staff and students.
“We need a secure VET funding environment that supports employment certainty and decent working conditions,” Mr Giles said.
At the accountability assembly, the Alliance also announced it had secured priority training funding from the state government for upskilling NDIS workers, as well as a $100,000 grant from the Department of Communities to kickstart a project to address social isolation among the Mt Gravatt community in Brisbane’s South.
Mr Giles said the Alliance had proven to be a strong force, which advocated around deeply felt issues in our communities.
“The Alliance has seen a number of significant wins and continues to devote its time to building a positive agenda for change in the areas of health, education, public transport, asylum seeker and refugee rights,” Mr Giles said.
The Alliance – a mix of community, faith and union groups – is a non-partisan organisation aiming to collect individual and community stories about shared issues and address them by lobbying for change collectively.
It was founded in 2013 with hubs in the Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich areas, achieving a number of wins for members of these communities before formally launching at its Founding Assembly in 2017.
Find out more about the Alliance at https://www.qldcommunityalliance.org/