TAFE should be central to Australia's economic recovery from coronavirus and should receive more funding, the nation's education union says.
The Australian Education Union will on Wednesday launch its new campaign at Parliament House in Canberra with the support of Labor leader Anthony Albanese and Greens leader Adam Bandt.
AEU federal president Correna Haythorpe says that while skills and training is one of the Morrison government's focus areas, it's not paired with adequate funding.
TAFE has instead faced cuts, campus closures and the loss of teachers.
"The campaign is reminding governments that if we want to rebuild the economy, if we want to rebuild the skills of Australians, that we should do that by rebuilding with TAFE," Ms Haythorpe told AAP.
"TAFE is the trusted public provider and we believe it's very important that public education is available for all."
The federal government last year announced the $1 billion JobTrainer fund, which supports up to 340,700 free or low-fee training places.
But Ms Haythorpe says the money can go to private providers.
The union is calling for 70 per cent of all government funding for vocational education to go to TAFE.
Australian Associated Press