Premier Mark McGowan with Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Four-year freeze on Tafe fees

The state government has frozen Tafe fees for all courses over the next four years in the hopes of giving more people an opportunity to have an affordable education, but has attracted criticism for introducing a property surcharge to fund the move.

The cost of the freeze is estimated at $11.8 million over the four years, and will be paid for by the new Foreign Buyers Surcharge, premier Mark McGowan said today.

He said under the previous state government, Tafe fees increased by up to 510 per cent, which led to a drop in enrolments, but students now had certainty there would be no more increases in his first term of government. 


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