SA to pay for failed students
Aircraft maintenance students who received substandard training from TAFE SA are to be compensated.
The former TAFE SA students have secured more than $2 million in compensation from the State Government after a damning audit of the aircraft maintenance course found it did comply with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) standards.
This left 87 trainees in the lurch, including four students from East Timor who paid as much as $98,000 each to take the course.
The course is one of more than a dozen deemed substandard, and the payout is part of $12 million in claims the Liberal Government is settling with victims of other Government bungles.
The settlement covers lost wages, re-training fees, accommodation and airfares.
Treasurer Rob Lucas said more TAFE students may come forth with compensation claims.
“Given the extent and the breadth of the TAFE SA scandal, we can't rule that out completely,” Mr Lucas said.
“This particular course, of course, is one of the most expensive courses in terms of the individual cost to students.”