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Skills Reform Ministerial Statements

Skills Reform Ministerial Statements

About the skills sector

Vocational education is central to Australia's economic growth and business productivity. Australia needs a vocational education and training (VET) system that ensures qualifications are designed to provide the skills that employers and industry need now and in the years to come. A strong VET...


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Australian Industry and Skills Committee

The AISC was established by the COAG Industry and Skills Council in May 2015 to give industry a formal, expanded role in policy direction and decision-making for the vocational education and training sector.

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements

To assist with the recovery from the impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing support to all employers who engage a new Australian Apprentice.

Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians

Scholarships for Young Australians worth up to $5,000 a year The Commonwealth Scholarship Program is awarding young Australians up to $5,000 a year, to study a vocational education and training (VET) qualification and $3,000 to complete an internship.

Council of Australian Governments Skills Council

on 29 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the Council of Australia Government (COAG) will cease and a new National Federation Reform Council (NFRC) will be formed, with National Cabinet at the centre of the NFRC. More information is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and...

Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow

The Australian Government is committed to strengthening the vocational education and training (VET) sector through its $585.3 million Skills Package Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow. ...

Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

The Australian Government is providing $62.4 million over four years, to 30 June 2023, to support eligible Australians develop their Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital literacy (LLND) skills to support them to undertake further education and training, remain in employment or change jobs.

Foundation Skills For Your Future Remote Community Pilots

The $52.5 million Foundation Skills for Your Future Program and the $9.9 million Remote Community Pilots initiative are part of the $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow 2019-20 budget package.

Industry Training Hubs

The Australian Government is investing $50.6 million to trial Industry Training Hubs in ten regions across Australia.

International skills engagement

The Australian Government progresses its international skills engagement by establishing and maintaining systems and policies to support the international vocational education and training (VET) student market, both onshore and offshore, and by ensuring Australia is viewed as a leader and...

National Careers Institute

The National Careers Institute is working to ensure Australians have access to high quality career information and support regardless of their age or stage.

National Regulatory Framework

Extension of transition period for training products endorsed between September 2015 and March 2016 ...

National Skills Commission

Visit the new National Skills Commission (NSC) website to learn more about labour market data and analysis, skills forecasting and VET pricing and performance.

National Training Complaints Hotline

Prior to lodging a formal complaint with the National Training Complaints Hotline, it is important to follow the formal grievance process of the training organisation with which you have a grievance. ...

National VET Data

In 2012, the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Skills Ministers agreed to the collection and reporting of total Vocational Education and Training (VET) activity data by all Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) from 1 January 2014. This is reflected in the Data Provision Requirements,...

Publications and resources

Publications related to the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Review of the Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is undertaking a Review of the National Skills Needs List with a view to advising the Government on the methodology and the inaugural composition of the replacement list.

Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

In 2017, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, commissioned a review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act) and its associated legislative framework. The review was part of the Australian Government’s...

Revitalising TAFE Campuses Across Australia Initiative

The Government has committed $50 million over two years from 2020-21 to 2021-22 for the Revitalising TAFE Campuses Across Australia program, in partnership with state and territory governments. This initiative aims to improve vocational education infrastructure ensuring TAFEs are equipped to...

Skilling Australians Fund

The Skilling Australians Fund (the Fund) supports the training of apprentices and trainees to help employers gain skilled workers to drive innovation and growth.

Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

To fill a gap in the services currently available to older Australians, the Australian Government funded a national rollout of the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (the Skills Checkpoint Program). The Skills Checkpoint Program is based on a model that was piloted by the then Department...

Skills for Education and Employment

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program provides language, literacy and numeracy training of up to 650 hours to eligible job seekers, to help them to participate more effectively in training or in the labour force. The program is delivered across Australia, from metropolitan and...

Skills information for training providers

The Australian Government provides a regulatory environment to ensure vocational and education and training (VET) providers and practitioners develop students with the skills and knowledge needed to perform well in the workplace.