Skills Organisations


The Australian Government is piloting Skills Organisations to enhance the role and leadership of industry and to test and trial ways to improve Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The nature of work in Australia is changing. Australia’s capacity to grow, compete and thrive in a global economy has become dependent on employers and individuals being able to access the right skills at the right time. 

As the nation’s economy emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, Australia needs a highly skilled, resilient and adaptable workforce underpinned by a world-leading VET sector that is responsive to the needs of business and industry.

Through Skills Organisations, the Australian Government is exploring potential design, approaches and opportunities to deepen industry engagement and improve the long-term outcomes of the VET system. 

Three Skills Organisation Pilots have been established in three key industries

Skills Organisations are working collaboratively with the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), the National Skills Commission (NSC) and the National Careers Institute (NCI) to deliver a stronger VET system.


The three pilots, in the human services care, digital technologies and mining industries, will trial new ways of working to shape the national training system to be more responsive to the skills needs for those industries - from the identification of skills needs, to qualifications development, through to improving the quality of training delivery and assessment. Lessons from these pilots will help inform broader improvements to the national training system.

Human Services Care

The human services care sector will support an increasing number of Australians in the coming decades, with demand for care-related occupations expected to increase by over 100,000 jobs in the next five years alone.

Digital Technology

Digital technologies are essential to Australia’s economy. The demand for ICT professionals and telecommunications technicians is projected to increase by an additional 71,000 workers by 2024, with significant increases also needed in cyber skills to meet that sector’s full potential.


The Mining Skills Organisation pilot was announced on 1 November 2019. Mining continues to be one of the largest areas of GDP growth for Australia. The mining industry is at the forefront of industries undergoing large-scale skills shifts as a result of changing technologies and future global demands.

Guidelines for Skills Organisations Pilots

The Guidelines for Skills Organisations (SO) Pilots define the strategic framework of the SO pilot program, details on the program’s scope and funding of agreed services.


Between September and December 2019, the Australian Government completed a national co-design on how Skills Organisations could drive improvements to the VET system. To inform the co-design a Discussion paper calling for submissions was published on 26 September 2019 and closed on 22 November 2019. A total of 40 submissions were received. To complement the discussion paper, over 500 people participated in one of the 13 workshops and two small business roundtables across Australia. A public report summarising the consultations titled This is what we heard is available for download.

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