Vocational education and training review

Vocational education and training (VET) is central to the growth of Australian businesses and to the capacity of millions of Australians to succeed in a changing labour market.

On 28 November 2018, the Government announced an Expert Review of the VET sector.

The Review will focus on how the Australian Government’s investment in VET could be more effective to provide Australians with the skills they need to be successful throughout their working life. It will also focus on ensuring Australian businesses, including small and family businesses and businesses in rural and regional areas, have the skills they need to support their business growth.

Steven Joyce, the former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, will lead the Review. Mr Joyce was the architect of significant reforms to the apprenticeship and industry training system in New Zealand and will bring a fresh perspective based on the extensive work he led in this area as one of the most senior ministers in John Key’s national government.

Mr Joyce will engage with the community, and across sectors, and report to the Government in March 2019.

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Public submissions to the Review are now open, and will close on Friday 25 January 2019 at 11.59 pm AEST.

Submissions are invited to address all aspects of the Terms of Reference, including what is working well, the challenges that exist, and changes that could be made to the VET system.

Submissions can be provided either by completing the questionnaire template or attaching a document.

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The Review will be calling for written submissions from all interested individuals and organisations. Public submissions for the Review will open on 11 December 2018. The closing date for submissions will be 25 January 2019.


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