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$25.6 MILLION TRANSFORMATION OF MELBOURNE LANDMARK COMPLETE

October 4, 2006

The Australian Government’s transformation of the former Queen's Memorial Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne into a state-of-the-art education and training facility for 2,500 students is complete.

The Australian Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, the Hon Gary Hardgrave MP, opened the historic refurbished buildings which are situated at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) Fairfield Campus.

The refurbishment, including a total refit of 20 buildings, construction of a theatre complex, industry-standard recording studios, a dark room and photography computer laboratories, was complex because of the need to preserve the historic hospital’s heritage-listed buildings and trees.

“This has been a mammoth task which has come at significant cost, but the Australian Government believes it is an important and worthy investment as it will significantly expand training opportunities for people in the region,’’ Mr Hardgrave said.

“The NMIT is committed to working with business to ensure courses have been developed with both students and employers in mind.”

“This way you create a pool of job-ready workers with highly marketable skills ready to be taken on by the businesses that have actually driven the way the training and courses are formulated.”

Fairfield NMIT is a multi-discipline campus with faculties in Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering and Earth Sciences, but is also known state-wide for specialising in horticulture, performing arts and animal studies courses.

The campus offers qualifications in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework and National Training Packages including:

1. Apprenticeships and Traineeships; 2. Certificates I-IV; 3. Diploma and Advanced Diploma; and 4. Bachelor Degree (Music).

“This year alone the Australian Government has invested $2.5 billion to support and expand training opportunities across the country,” Mr Hardgrave said.

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“The Australian Government will continue to look at ways of assisting industry and training providers to address our nation’s skills needs and ensure the continued success of Australia’s economy.”

The Australian Government is delivering a range of initiatives during 2006 to 2009 as part of its $10.8 billion investment in Australia’s future - the biggest ever commitment to vocational and technical education by any government in Australia’s history.

Minister Hardgrave’s Media Adviser: Nikki Voss 0402 896 100 Dept of Education, Science and Training: Media Unit 02 6240 7300 Non-media queries 1300 363 079

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