TAFE photography under threat - you can help

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The Australian Federal Government do not seem to value photography as a career. In proposed changes to TAFE (Technical and Further Education) funding, the Diploma of photography is being 'defunded'. This means students wishing to get a diploma in photography will have to pay for their own course, the domino effect will be the course will be dropped by South Australian TAFE.

There are just a few days for the general public to respond via a survey, which is linked below.

I read this as saying, the government do not believe photography is a viable industry for new-comers. What do you think?

Here is the link to the survey: http://workready.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/more-information/subsidised-training-list-survey

Here is the information from the powers that be:

TAFE SA Creative Industries - Photo Imaging program is seeking your support as a valued member of the photographic industry.

As you are likely aware, the South Australian Government has announced a new training and jobs strategy called WorkReady, to replace the current subsidised training scheme, Skills for All from July 1. WorkReady has a stronger focus on public value and targeting public investment to areas of strategic economic priority.

A review of the current funded training list is being undertaken to streamline the list of courses that will be eligible for future subsidised training. The Diploma of Photo Imaging has been identified as a course with ‘low public value’.

The Department of State Development, (DSD) is seeking feedback in relation to this course via an online survey. We urge you to complete the online survey by 5 pm on 20 April 2015 supporting the need for training for a minimum of 12 months at the Diploma level as a pre-requisite to commencing entry level employment within the commercial photography sector.

At the start of the survey you are required to identify the industry you represent, we respectfully suggest ‘Information Media and Telecommunications’. The second page requires that you select a training package on which to provide feedback, please select ‘Arts and Culture’. The survey is not onerous and should take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete.

Below, for your information, is a copy of the announcement that was received by TAFE SA from DSD in relation to this.

Thank you in anticipation of your ongoing support for training as well as for TAFE SA to deliver that training in this field of expertise. If you should wish to discuss any of this or if I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards Liz Elizabeth Lowe Educational Manager Creative Industries TAFE SA