New Arrangements for Training Product Development for Australian Industry

Tuesday 21 April 2015


Australia needs a skilled and flexible workforce to adapt to rapid technological change in the workplace, and to maintain and improve our economic position in the face of increasing global competition.

On 21 April 2015, the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, announced the new model for Training Product Development for Australian Industry.

This new model demonstrates the Government’s commitment to training that is high quality and that delivers real skills for jobs. It is also further evidence of the Government’s commitment to industry leadership and smaller government.

To support Australia’s economic prosperity, the national training system needs to be more responsive to industry need and flexible for employers of all sizes and across all sectors.

The strengths of Australia’s training system will be built upon in the new approach. The Government is committed to retaining national industry defined vocational qualifications. These qualifications offer employers access to workers skilled to a national industry standard. Those with VET qualifications are assured that their qualification and skills are recognised across the nation.

To improve responsiveness and flexibility in the system, the new model will place industry at the centre of training product development through industry reference committees which will be overseen by the industry-led Australian Industry and Skills Committee. Industry will be at the heart of arrangements and will be supported by independent, professional skills service organisations which will be established through an open competitive grants process.

The Department of Education and Training will soon be inviting expressions of interest to set up Skills Service Organisations to support industry reference committees to engage with their industry sectors and will facilitate training product development under the guidance of the committees.

Arrangements will be put in place to ensure a smooth transition to the new model which will be fully operational from January 2016.

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