Question asked in Parliament Feb 10, 2016
The Hon. J.A. DARLEY ( 15:14 :49 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills a question with regard to TAFE courses for conveyancers.
The Hon. J.A. DARLEY: I was recently contacted by a constituent who advised me that conveyancing courses through TAFE SA have lost or had their funding reduced by the state government. I am advised that it will now cost about three times more to do the course here in South Australia than it would in Victoria. Given the government's policy for a stamp duty concession for off-the-plan apartments, together with increased activity in real estate generally, which may increase the demand for conveyancers, can the minister advise why the funding has been cut to this course?
The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Climate Change) ( 15:15 :35 ): I thank the honourable member for his most important question. I undertake to take that question to the Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills in the other place and seek a response on his behalf.
The PRESIDENT: Do you want to continue on with question time or do you want to go out in the foyer and have a chat? The Hon. Ms Lee.
May 26, 2016
In reply to the Hon. J.A. DARLEY ( 11 February 2016 )
The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Climate Change) :
Since July 2012, the South Australian Government has provided over $1 million in public subsidies to support over 650 training accounts which have delivered the competencies required for registration as a conveyancer.
Although the course no longer attracts a public subsidy, there are still more than 150 publicly subsidised training accounts associated with continuing students.
The WorkReady policy framework targets public investment to areas of greatest public benefit. Not every course attracts a public subsidy. What attracts public investment is determined through an assessment of public value.
Courses with a low public value are generally not targeted for public investment, particularly, as is the case here, where there is an adequate supply of registered conveyancers operating in the state. There is a fee for service market for the course and the units of competency that are necessary for registration as a conveyancer.