National TAFE Day was last Tuesday, the 19th of June, and what a day it was. Every year, National TAFE Day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our public TAFE system and to remind politicians that TAFE is too good to lose! National TAFE Day is an AEU initiative, which promotes TAFE to the community. This year, TasTAFE members around the state held National TAFE Day events to celebrate everything that’s great about TasTAFE.
At the Clarence campus AEU TAFE members and staff were joined by the TasTAFE Executive, including TasTAFE CEO Jenny Dodd, for morning tea. It was wonderful to have TAFE supporters come together to celebrate all that’s great about TasTAFE.
TAFE advocates from around Australia attended a National TAFE Day event held at Parliament House in Canberra. Our delegation included TAFE Reps Michelle Purdy (Federal President of TAFE Division) and Rachel Needham (Tasmanian TAFE Division Executive Women’s Officer) and AEU State Manager, Roz Madsen. There were impassioned and fabulous speakers, including Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and National TAFE Secretary Pat Forward.
Michelle Purdy, the Federal President of TAFE Division, who works at the Burnie TasTAFE campus held her campus National TAFE Day event a week early in anticipation of heading to Canberra on the day. Michelle’s event was featured on the national Stop TAFE Cuts social media, and looked fantastic.
Events were also held at other campuses, including Campbell St Campus in Hobart, featured below. Congratulations everyone on your hard work.