The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Skills Council was announced on 9 August 2019 and replaces the former COAG Industry and Skills Council (COAG).
The Council assists COAG by developing and implementing policies under the vision endorsed by COAG, ensuring the vocational education and training (VET) sector is a responsive, dynamic and a trusted sector that delivers an excellent standard of education and training.
The Council is responsible for skills development and national training arrangements, with a focus on major policy reforms requiring Commonwealth-State collaboration.
The Council’s priority actions include ensuring the national training system delivers a highly skilled and productive workforce to support national and local economies. View the Skills Council Terms of Reference.
The Commonwealth Minister responsible for Skills is the Chair of the Council. The Council consists of members from each state and territory, and New Zealand, with portfolio responsibility for skills issues.
When required the Council works collaboratively with other COAG councils on matters of shared interest.
Further information about COAG councils is available on the Council of Australian Governments website.
View the joint and industry stream communiques, prior to the establishment of the Skills Council, on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.