Biggest TAFE investment in history as part of WA Recovery Plan

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The $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes a record $167.4 million investment in capital works.
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As part of the WA Recovery Plan, the WA Government has announced a $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, which includes a record $167.4 million investment in capital works projects to upgrade essential infrastructure across the 5 Western Australian TAFE colleges.

It is the biggest capital works program in history for TAFE campuses across the state, as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.

The upgrades will create world-class learning opportunities for students, while generating a pipeline of jobs, which will deliver a boost to the economy and help Western Australia get back on track.  

Two North Metropolitan TAFE campuses will receive significant upgrades as part of the program. 

The ageing Balga campus is set to receive a major upgrade, with $32 million allocated to overhaul the campus that was originally constructed in the 1970s.

Construction of a new trade training workshop, and associated technology laboratories, for light automotive training is also planned for the Kendrew Crescent campus in Joondalup, with $17.6 million budgeted. 

South Metropolitan TAFE’s Armadale campus, split over temporary buildings in various locations, will be replaced, with $22.6 million earmarked for construction of a new consolidated state-of-the-art campus.

North Regional TAFE’s Broome and Kununurra campuses will receive funding for new state-of-the-art training facilities. $10 million will be provided to construct a hospitality and student services centre at the Broome campus, and $6 million has been allocated for a health and hospitality training centre at the Kununurra campus.

It follows the WA Government’s recent announcement that TAFE fees will be slashed by up to 72 per cent.

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