A PLANNED streamlining of TAFE NSW’s corporate functions may translate to job loses and re-locations for some Western Institute staff.
In a proposal released this week, the corporate training and education support services division, which has an office in Orange, will be decentralised with some staff relocated closer to various institutes in regional, rural and metropolitan areas across the state.
Several TAFE NSW staff said they expect to see a large number of local positions lost in the re-shuffle.
A spokesperson for the Department of Education and Communities said it was too early to comment on whether there would be jobs lost as a result of the changes.
He said however that a number of new positions would be created in Orange, although the exact number of positions had not been finalised.
“Like other institutes across NSW, TAFE NSW Western Institute, which includes campuses in Orange, will see a number of positions created as part of the reform,” the spokesperson said.
“In total 17 new positions are being created in rural and regional TAFE institutes with 12 in metropolitan institutes.”
One of the new positions will include a senior Aboriginal-identified position to support indigenous education at the Western Institute.
“[The] Western Institute, like the other nine TAFE institutes, will build on its industry relationships to make sure it delivers the skills training needed by industry,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said TAFE NSW acknowledged the proposal would mean some jobs are re-located.
“This will include the creation and transfer of some positions from a current corporate unit, across the state,” the spokesperson said.
The proposal will be open for consultation until September 30, when all feedback will be reviewed.