Nationals ask state to explain GOTAFE probe

By Benalla Ensign

The Nationals have claimed the Shepparton, Benalla, Seymour, Wangaratta and Werribee communities have been denied the full detail of an investigation into Goulburn Oven Institute of TAFE.

They point to the report of a recently released investigation, and say Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney have refused to comment on what courses were impacted by allegations of misuse of taxpayer funds.

Which they say has left students and staff with no idea if their course has been caught up in the issues.

The Nationals would like Ms Tierney to explain why GOTAFE’s chief executive officer resigned, why the organisation has been forced to repay $1.7 million and why students were told course enrolments had been frozen.

They have also accused Labor of heavily redacting the report to hide problems with GOTAFE from students and the community and point the the fact that all eight months and two investigations have produced is recommendations for more reviews.