Through the national partnership, a wide range of reforms are being put in place to improve the access, equality, transparency, quality and efficiency of the national training system. This means that Australians have access to more affordable training, better information about the training options available, high quality training and a more flexible training system.
Through the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform the Australian Government has committed $1.75 billion over five years (2012–17) to work with states and territories to drive reform of the national training system. The national partnership was agreed by the Council of Australian Governments in April 2012.
Some reforms are being implemented nationally, such as the My Skills website and the Unique Student Identifier. Other reforms, such as the National Training Entitlement, are being implemented by each state and territory and customised in their state and territory training systems.
The national partnership aims to improve student outcomes by supporting an estimated 375,000 additional students over five years to complete their qualifications, with a focus on high level skills and disadvantaged students.
Review of the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform
The Review of the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform was undertaken in late 2015, in accordance with section 54 of the national partnership. The review assessed progress of the VET structural reforms and training outcomes agreed to under the national partnership and makes recommendations that could inform future Commonwealth–State agreements.
The following online resources provide additional, relevant information on the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform.
- VET-FEE HELP – a student loan scheme for VET students, you can access information for students and information for VET providers
- My Skills website, which provides information on training providers, courses, campuses facilities and services.
- The Unique Student Identifier scheme will provide accurate, accessible student records in one place.
- Standing Council on Federal Financial Relations which oversees the overarching framework for Commonwealth-state financial relations, including all national partnerships. The National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform is available on the Department website. You can also access the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform and the state Implementation Plans for it on the council’s website.
- State and territory government training departments’ websites also provide information on VET courses, providers and financial support.
For enquiries, call the Department of Education and Training on 1300 566 046.