Introduction —

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) empowers independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) with the influence to drive reform.  This was the case with the Expert Review of Australia's Vocational Education and Training System.

The Review & Implications For Training Providers —

In November 2018, the Prime Minister announced an independent review of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector to examine ways to deliver skilled workers for a stronger economy.

The review was led by the Honourable Steven Joyce, a former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. ITECA recognised by the Australian Government as the peak body representing independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), was involved extensively in the review process.


Joyce Review ― 
Key Findings From The Review Of Vocational Training


The review determined that slow qualification development, complex and confusing funding models, and ongoing quality issues with some providers were cited as issues that needed addressing. Careers education, VET in schools and access for disadvantaged learners were also cited as needing attention to ensure VET continues to deliver for Australians.


Joyce Review ―  
Key Recommendations From The Review Of Vocational Training


There were seventy-one recommendations that included providing the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) with an educative role and revisions to the way that qualifications are developed. Significantly, it proposed the establishment of a National Skills Commission to develop a new funding model for vocational education and training.

Following extensive consultation with its members, ITECA has advised the Australian Government that independent RTOs broadly support the findings and the recommendations in the review.


Downloads ― 
Joyce Review of Vocational Training


Australian Government - 2019 Joyce Review Report [PDF]

The approach of the ITECA policy team in Canberra to supporting the Joyce review and implementation of the Joyce review reflects a highly nuanced approach to policy advocacy involving regular meetings with Minister and senior staff from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. ITECA has been appointed to an Australian Government stakeholder committee that is tasked with providing advice and guidance on the implementation of the recommendations arising from the Joyce Review.

Getting Involved —

The advice that ITECA provides the Australian Government on this matter comes from members serving on the ITECA Vocational Education and Training References Committee .  If you're not a member and want to get involved in this work, apply today.

ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.

Further information —

The ITECA membership team would value the opportunity to discuss the Joyce review with you, so if you have any questions send an email to [email protected] or telephone 1300 421 017.  Be sure to follow ITECA on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  




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