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​The Victorian Government recognises the complementary roles played by it and councils in the planning, funding and delivery of a range of community services, including education.

This recognition was formalised in a partnership agreement between us and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The agreement recognises the collaborative relationship between the department and councils in the planning, development and provision of education and early childhood services for young people and children.

Vocational education & training

As part of the 2012–13 state budget, the Victorian Government released the ministerial statement Refocusing vocational training in Victoria. This statement outlined a number of changes to the vocational education and training system particularly in relation to the fees and funding model.

As the owner of TAFE institutes, the state government has confirmed its preference that a strong, sustainable and efficient TAFE network continues to exist in Victoria following these changes.

The aim is to have a well-trained, job-ready workforce and to help people train in areas of jobs growth.