We’re still waiting for promised Tafe

It’s almost a year since Sunbury MP Josh Bull announced the opening of a new Tafe facility in the town.

Back in May 2023, he said the Allan Labor Government “is proud to be honouring our election commitment and delivering a brand-new Tafe in Sunbury”.

The acronym stands for Technical and Further Education. It’s a government-run scheme offering adult education in beauty, design, childcare, accounting, business, recruitment, and IT etc. 

“We are working closely with the Kangan Institute as the delivery partner for the new $25m Tafe,” said Mr Bull last year.

We asked Sally Curtain, the Kangan Institute’s CEO, for an update.

“Kangan Institute is proud to be selected by the Victorian Government as the delivery partner for the new $25m Tafe in Sunbury,” she said in a written answer.

“Kangan Institute is committed to the delivery of a new campus for Sunbury residents. The new campus will deliver in-demand vocational education and training, close to home.  

“We are actively working with the Victorian Government and a range of stakeholders as we determine the best site for this exciting new campus.”

This week, the state Minister for Skills and Tafe Gayle Tierney, said: “Through the $170m Building Better Tafe Fund we are establishing a new Tafe campus in Sunbury, which will be operated by the Bendigo Kangan Institute and provide more accessible training for Hume-based students.”

When will the Sunbury Tafe open, where will it be located, and what courses will be available? As soon as we know, you’ll know.

MP Josh Bull declined to be interviewed for this story.