NSW backs down on attempt to restrict dispensing books to its TAFE courses; future supply is uncertain

The New South Wales government has backed down on a decision by its TAFE NSW bureaucracy to deny non-TAFE NSW courses in optical dispensing and book retailers access to two textbooks – Practical Optical Dispensing and Practical Optical Workshop.

  • The decision affects supply of the textbooks to RMIT University Melbourne, TAFE North Queensland and others, as well as the Australasian College of Optical Dispensing.
  • The three TAFE NSW courses have continued to have access to supplies of the textbooks during the dispute between TAFE NSW and the non-TAFE NSW courses.
  • After receiving an appeal request from the Australasian College of Optical Dispensers, supported by a host of organisations and individuals, the Deputy Premier of NSW, Mr John Barilaro who is also Minister for Skills and is responsible for TAFE NSW, ordered that textbooks due to be delivered in time for the first semester this year be printed and delivered by TAFE NSW Digital (which owns copyright on the books) immediately and up until 30 June, if required.

However nothing is known about what will happen after 30 June.

The ACOD is a Registered Training Organisation established in late 2016, and is headed by two former TAFE NSW staff members, Messrs James Gibbins and Chedy Kalach.

Their resignation from TAFE NSW at the end

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