National TAFE Day 2020

National TAFE Day, 13 August, is a time to recognise the unique role and ability of Australia’s TAFE sector to provide hope, opportunity and lifelong qualifications and skills for millions of Australians. High-quality vocational education and training (VET) is a key element of helping Australian workers adapt to new opportunities and of powering the Australian economy out of recession and back to prosperity.


Every year, National TAFE Day provides the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the public TAFE system and to remind politicians that TAFE is too good to lose!

This year the National TAFE Day theme is the vital importance of investing in TAFE for Australia’s economic recovery. TAFE is the only institution with the infrastructure, the workforce and the trusted reputation to be able to provide high quality VET qualifications across the country. The Australian community knows, understands and values TAFE for what it is and what it offers.

By giving countless Australians the chance to receive a high-quality publicly-delivered vocational education, TAFE provides the priceless opportunity for them to improve their lives and those of their families.

In the lead up to National TAFE Day, Thursday 13th August, please join us on Twitter and Facebook as we celebrate and acknowledge teachers and TAFE support staff for the role they play in.

Webinar: Why TAFE is critical to economic recovery

New research by the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute, explores the economic and social benefits of the public TAFE system and this webinar will address why it must play a critical role in reconstruction of the national economy after COVID-19.

The report will be presented by Centre for Future Work senior economist, and report author, Alison Pennington. Additional commentary will be offered by ACTU President Michele O'Neil, and AEU President Correna Haythorpe.

The webinar will be held between 4-5pm on Thursday 13 August, 2020.

Prominent Australians speak out for National TAFE Day


Dr. John Falzon

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TAFE is more than a public good. It is a national treasure. It is time for the federal government to lead the way in ensuring that TAFE is treated with the care and respect it deserves as a much-loved and trusted public institution.

Correna Haythorpe

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Correna Haythorpe, AEU Federal President, shares a message for #NationalTAFEday

Sally McManus

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Sally McManus, Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, shares a message of support for #NationalTAFEday


Michael Mansell

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TAFE fills a vital gap in the lives of Aboriginal people seeking to better themselves and desiring to make a greater contribution to their community.

Professor Leesa Wheelahan

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On national TAFE day we should celebrate the contribution that TAFE has made and continues to make to our community.

Michelle Purdy

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Michelle Purdy, AEU Federal TAFE President, shares her thoughts on the importance of TAFE on #NationalTAFEday


Professor Peter C. Doherty

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Professor Peter C Doherty reflects on Covid-19 and the rebuild and the change needed for public education. #NationalTAFEDay

Dr. Jim Stanford

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It’s always a good idea for society to invest in the skills and capabilities of its future workforce. But right now, in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, it’s an absolute no-brainer.

Michele O'Neil

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Michele O'Neil, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, shares her thoughts about TAFE. #NationalTAFEday


Akolda Bil

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South Sudan refugee Akolda Bil began school when he was in Year 3. He was a ‘trouble maker’, disengaged and disinterested. But TAFE helped turn his life around.

Tony Birch

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Whatever I have achieved in education, teaching and writing I owe to my time as a TAFE student.

Lara Golding

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Lara Golding, President of the AEU South Australia branch, shares her thoughts on #NationalTAFEday


Alison Pennington

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Alison Pennington from the Centre for Future Work, shares her thoughts on TAFE for #NationalTAFEday

Ian Curry

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The future we want is dependent on us successfully defending public education and particularly, defending public Vocational Education & Training - TAFE.

Jo Schofield

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TAFE is about so much to me. It’s about opportunity. For me that came when I enrolled at Granville TAFE in my early 20s to complete high school.


Glen Fowler

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Glen Fowler, Branch Secretary of AEU ACT Branch shares his thoughts on the importance of TAFE.

Kevin Bates

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President of the Queensland Teachers’ Union, Kevin Bates, shares his thoughts about TAFE on #NationalTAFEday

Jane Caro

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Jane Caro, author, columnist, broadcaster, documentary maker, and social commentator (and public education advocate!) shares her thoughts on TAFE. #NationalTAFEday


Craig Robertson

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The public service of TAFE and TAFE teachers is made tangible for students, employers and community.

Toni Jordan

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When I was in my mid-thirties, I decided to start my own business as a technical writer. I already had a science degree and most of an MBA from excellent universities, but I was looking for something different...

Tanya Cameron

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The Country Women’s Association of Australia has long been a supporter of equitable access to high quality educational options for rural, regional and remote Australians...


Meredith Peace

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AEU VIC Branch President Meredith Peace, shares her thoughts on TAFE on #NatioanlTAFEDay