Vocational Education and Training Reform

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A well-functioning VET system that delivers the skills we need is fundamental to a strong and prosperous economy that delivers the jobs Australian families and industry want.

The Australian Government has embarked on a significant reform of the VET system. The objectives of reform are to improve the quality, job outcomes and status of VET which are necessary for the system to adapt to future skills need.

Top quality providers and top quality courses enhance the contribution VET makes to the employment prospects of students and boost the status of VET amongst families, students and employers, industry and community.

Reforms focus on enhancing industry leadership in the development of training products (to reflect emerging skills needs and support greater mobility between occupations), strengthening the apprenticeships system and supporting increased participation in high-quality training.

Four key themes reflect the key objectives of VET reform. These are:

  • industry responsiveness
  • quality and regulation
  • funding and governance
  • data and consumer information.

A range of VET reform measures reflecting the vision for VET reform and the objectives have already been introduced.

Vocational education and training reform pre-2016 

The VET Reform Taskforce

The Australian Government embarked on a VET Reform agenda and the VET Reform Taskforce was established in November 2013 to engage with industry and the training sector to develop and progress agreed reforms. In July 2015, with the VET reform process well underway, the policy functions of the Taskforce were transitioned into the Department of Education and Training.

Objectives for reform

At the inaugural meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council (CISC) on 3 April 2014, Ministers agreed on six objectives for reform of the vocational education and training (VET) system:

  1. A national VET system which is governed effectively with clear roles and responsibilities for industry, the Commonwealth and the states and territories.
  2. A national system of streamlined industry-defined qualifications that is able to respond flexibly to major national and state priorities and emerging areas of skills need.
  3. Trade apprenticeships that are appropriately valued and utilised as a career pathway.
  4. A modern and responsive national regulatory system that applies a risk-management approach and supports a competitive and well-functioning market.
  5. Informed consumers who have access to the information they need to make choices about providers and training that meets their needs.
  6. Targeted and efficient government funding that considers inconsistencies between jurisdictions or disruption to the fee-for-service market.

Significant progress has been made in meeting these objectives. 

To reflect this evolution, the VET reform objectives have been refined into four main themes:

  • Industry responsiveness
  • Quality and regulation
  • Funding and governance
  • Data and consumer information.

Consultation and discussion

The process of VET reform has involved extensive consultations and engagement with stakeholders. Summaries of consultations undertaken by the VET Reform Taskforce prior to 2016 are available

Have your say

You are able to contribute to VET reform and provide your feedback at all times by emailing the Department at VETTaskforce@education.gov.au.

Minister's Media Centre

For further information such as VET Reform media releases, speeches and interview scripts visit the media centre of the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.

Useful links

Australian Apprenticeships

Australian Industry and Skills Committee

COAG Industry and Skills Council

Unique Student Identifier

Reforms implemented

VET FEE-HELP 

 

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Vocational Education and Training Reform.

Results

  1. 2014 Consultations Adelaide Summary

    Created: 26 August 2015

    2014 VET Reform Consultations Adelaide Summary

  2. 2014 Consultations Brisbane Summary

    Created: 26 August 2015

    2014 VET Reform Consultations Brisbane Summary

  3. 2014 Consultations Canberra Summary

    Created: 26 August 2015

    2014 VET Reform Consultations Canberra Summary

  4. 2014 Consultations Darwin Summary

    Created: 26 August 2015

    2014 VET Reform Consultations Darwin Summary

  5. 2014 Consultations Hobart Summary

    Created: 26 August 2015

    2014 VET Reform Consultations Hobart Summary

  6. 2014 Consultations Melbourne Summary

    Created: 26 August 2015

    2014 VET Reform Consultations Melbourne Summary

  7. 2014 Consultations Perth Summary

    Created: 26 August 2015

    VET Reform - 2014 Consultations Perth Summary

  8. 2014 Consultations Sydney Summary

    Created: 26 August 2015

    VET Reform - 2014 Consultations Sydney Summary

  9. 2015 Consultations Summary

    Created: 11 August 2015

    2015 National Consultations Summary

  10. Australian Apprenticeship Support Network factsheet

    Created: 18 August 2015

    AASN Factsheet

  11. Australian Apprenticeship Support Network outline

    Created: 18 August 2015

    AASN Outline

  12. Australian Apprenticeships Management System – IT overview

    Created: 18 August 2015

    AA Management System IT Overview

  13. CISC Communique April 2014

    Created: 26 August 2015

    VET Reform - CISC Communique April 2014

  14. CISC Communique May 2015

    Created: 26 August 2015

    VET Reform - CISC Communique May 2015

  15. CISC Communique September 2014

    Created: 26 August 2015

    VET Reform - CISC Communique September 2014

  16. COAG Industry and Skills Council Meeting, Skills Ministers, 2 June 2017

    Created: 2 June 2017

    COAG Industry and Skills Council Meeting, Skills Ministers, 2 June 2017 - Communique

  17. Communiqué for the COAG Industry and Skills Council Meetings Skills Ministers- 20 November 2015

    Created: 23 November 2015  |  Last modified: 25 November 2015

    The skills session of the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council met in Hobart on 20 November. The session was chaired by the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP...

  18. Competitiveness Agenda

    Created: 26 August 2015

    VET Reform - Competitiveness Agenda

  19. Competitiveness Agenda Factsheet

    Created: 26 August 2015

    VET Reform - Competitiveness Agenda Factsheet

  20. ISF Discussion Paper

    Created: 24 August 2015

    Industry Skills Fund Discussion Paper

  21. ISF Youth Streams Factsheet

    Created: 18 August 2015

    Industry Skills Fund – youth streams fact sheet

  22. National Consultations on VET Reform- Adelaide 2 February 2015- am

    Created: 11 August 2015

    2015 Consultations Adelaide am Summary

  23. National Consultations on VET Reform- Adelaide 2 February 2015- pm

    Created: 11 August 2015

    2015 Consultations Adelaide pm Summary

  24. National Consultations on VET Reform- Brisbane 16 February 2015- am

    Created: 11 August 2015

    Minister's Media Release 2015 Consultations Brisbane am Summary  

  25. National Consultations on VET Reform- Brisbane 16 February 2015- pm

    Created: 11 August 2015

    2015 Consultations Brisbane pm Summary

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