A fundamental overhaul of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system has been approved by the Morrison government and the States and Territories. The reforms are an important achievement and will improve performance, efficiency, transparency and confidence in the VET sector, ensuring that Australians can access high quality and relevant training and that employers can access workers skilled workers they need.
The new model of industrial clusters, as aligned industry groups, will replace the 67 industry benchmarks and six skills service organizations and is expected to be fully operational by January 1, 2023. Reforms will ensure that the courses and qualifications in the sector are guided by and better meet the needs of the industry, as well as of the students.
Approval processes for training packages will also change, with an independent assurance function replacing the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by January 1, 2023.
The Morrison government is investing $ 292.5 million over the next four years to support reforms, building on the record $ 6.4 billion investment made by the Morrison government in skills and training during of this exercise.
Employment, Manpower, Skills, Small Business and Family Business Minister Stuart Robert said the reforms will lead to system improvements, ensure that qualifications are updated more quickly so to meet the needs of industry and to help students develop or upgrade for new and emerging jobs.
“As the Australian economy picks up steam, we need a well-positioned skills and training system to meet our changing workforce needs in the future,” said said Minister Robert.
“Australia’s economic future hinges on a VET system that works for students and employers, which is why industry engagement is so important as part of our skills-based recovery” ,
“The new industry clusters will strengthen employer leadership and engagement, giving industry a broader and more strategic role in ensuring that Australia’s VET system responds to the skills and workforce challenges in the industry. economy, including labor demands, as we reopen strongly. “
“This is an important step as we work constructively with states and territories to complete the transformation of the VET system and advance further reforms. “
More details can be found at: https://www.dese.gov.au/skills-reform/skills-reform-overview/industry-engagement-reforms.