Australian first, the Respect and Equality in TAFE project, ‘Change the story’ | Constituency questions

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) :

My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Training and Skills and the Minister for Higher Education, the Honourable Gayle Tierney, MP. My question relates to the minister’s portfolio responsibilities of training and skills.

The Andrews Labor government has launched an Australian first, the Respect and Equality in TAFE project, ‘Change the story’.

TAFEs are a place for learning, and are essential in contributing to constructing a society which is respectful, equitable and free from violence.

This is why the Andrews Labor government has invested $800 000 to develop this project, which was designed by Our Watch, a national leader of primary prevention of violence against women and their children, in collaboration with five TAFEs: Bendigo Kangan Institute, Chisholm Institute, Melbourne Polytechnic, Swinburne University of Technology, and SuniTAFE.

This project emphasises that everyone involved in TAFE has a role to play in promoting and fostering a culture of gender equality—from boards, CEOs, and senior executives, to managers, human resources staff, educators, student services and students, and industry and community partners.

My question to the minister is: can the minister please provide me with an update on how the government is promoting this important project to students and stakeholders in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region?