TAFE staff under workplace stress: survey

The State School Teachers’ Union will survey TAFE lecturers across the state, after a survey at one college found TAFE staff are suffering from significant stress related issues. 

The survey of almost 100 TAFE staff found 40% of them had visited a GP in the past 12 months about work related stress.

The survey also found almost 72% of staff felt they did not have adequate time and resources to do their job to the required level.

SSTUWA President Pat Byrne said she believed much of the stress being experienced by members was due to massive budget and staff cuts.

“The State Government has reduced funding for training by $45.8 million in the 2014/15 budget,” she said.

“TAFE colleges will have their funding cut by almost $9 million as part of $11.1 million in procurement savings.”

Ms Byrne said the survey also found 60% of staff felt they were juggling too many responsibilities and were unable to concentrate on the most important tasks.

“These funding cuts are undermining the ability of TAFE to provide quality training because staff have less resources available to them.”

Ms Byrne said the union would now put out a wider survey to see if there were systemic problems across the entire TAFE workforce.

The current survey was released on national TAFE day (18th June), an event which celebrates the contribution that TAFE makes to educate, train and change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians every year.