Launceston's CBD campus of TasTAFE will close, with the vocational education provider confirming its consolidation to Alanvale.
After some speculation, TasTAFE chief executive Jenny Dodd said the organisation had made the decision to move its Launceston facilities.
"Following a review of its operations, TasTAFE has decided to consolidate its operations in Launceston to its Alanvale campus and invest in upgrading facilities and equipment at Alanvale," Ms Dodd said.
However, it is unclear how much will be invested at Alanvale after it was revealed that TasTAFE considers the bulk of its infrastructure to be below standard for modern vocational education and training.
Ms Dodd said the consolidation of courses to Alanvale would "see the eventual closure of the Launceston City Campus."
However, there is no timeline yet for the move or closure. Teacher recruitment issues have plagued the vocational education training provider in the past 12 months and have caused issues among teaching staff and students.
Electrotechnology students had their courses delayed by three months after the unexpected departure of a teacher. In addition, Certificate IV in information technology was abruptly stopped after students were told it was no longer going to be offered in semester 2.
TasTAFE is in discussion with the University of Tasmania about future partnership opportunities, with UTAS poised to embark on its $260 million development of the Inveresk campus.
Australian Education Union TAFE vice president Damian von Samorzewski said moving to Alanvale raised some questions about the adequacy.
"If the university is spending all of this money to move into town, then why is TasTAFE doing the opposite?".
Mr von Samorzewski said the Alanvale campus already had existing challenges, such as ageing classrooms and infrastructure, along with a lack of adequate parking.
He said the union would want to see a detailed plan from TasTAFE about how they would coordinate the move and how they would upgrade the infrastructure to allow that to happen.
TasTAFE is jointly funded by the state and federal governments. The state has committed 80 per cent of the Tasmanian training budget to TasTAFE.
However, much of the commitments in the 2019-20 state budget referenced the establishment of TasTAFE centres of excellence.
It is unknown how much is allocated in the budget for infrastructure upgrades if any. Former Bass MHR Ross Hart pledged $3.5 million during his election campaign to invest at Alanvale, however, that pledge was not matched by the eventual winner of the election, Bridget Archer, who ran for the Liberal party.