January 19, 2017


Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard today announced that the Andrews Labor Government is investing $300,000 in high-tech specialised teaching equipment for Federation University Australia.

The funding will enable the purchase of a virtual autopsy body exploration table, and the development of a resource centre to assist students with learning difficulties and differences.

“Access to new high-tech equipment will help students at Federation University to attain skills that put them at the forefront of technological advances when they enter their career,” Mr Howard said.

“The new virtual autopsy table changes the way people can interact with medical information to gain a deeper understanding and insight into the functions and processes inside the human body.

“Ballarat students are the first in Australia to have access to this technology, which will support existing programs in Nursing, Health Sciences, Sports Sciences, Health and Physical Education.

“In addition, it will be incorporated into high-tech learning for Ballarat’s new Tech School and assist local health services in their training and research requirements.”

Federation University will also benefit from the development of an Assistive Technologies Resource Centre to support students with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, memory difficulties, language disorders and auditory processing disorder.

Assistive technology – such as laptops and tablets with speech recognition, digital voice recorders and reading pens will enhance students’ ability to perform and complete tasks with efficiency and independence through flexible learning opportunities to support their ongoing assessment.

The Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney said TAFE institutes and dual-sector universities have identified an urgent need to upgrade equipment after a lack of investment by the former Coalition Government.

“If we want to make sure apprentices and trainees are work-ready when they leave TAFE, we need to make sure they’re training on the latest equipment – the same equipment used in businesses today,” Ms Tierney said.

“With new and emerging industries transforming the workforce, it is essential that our TAFEs can provide training that meets the technology needs of these industries.”

Over the past 18 months, the Labor Government has invested heavily in TAFEs and dual-sector universities through initiatives including the TAFE Rescue Fund and the TAFE Back to Work Fund.

The Government’s new funding model, Skills First will see TAFE at the centre of the government-funded training system with more than $170 million in extra funding for institutes in 2017.