As the Australian Government sets about implementing its $525 million skills package, a new stakeholder committee has been formed to ensure that stakeholder views are properly understood. Members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) are represented on the Committee.
Key Issues —
The VET Stakeholder Committee has been specifically tasked by Government to engage stakeholders, including the independent VET sector, allowing them to offer guidance to the Australian Government’s approach to implementing its Skills Package.
The Committee’s membership includes representatives of business councils, consumer advocates, and in addition to public, private, community and not-for-profit providers. The independent VET sector will be represented by ITECA Chief Executive, Troy Williams.
The Committee’s appointment follows the receipt by the Australian Government of the expert review of Australia's vocational education and training system undertaken by the Hon. Steven Joyce, a former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.
VET Sector Issues Précis —
- The new Committee will support the Government to implement recommendations from the Joyce Review and other related measures.
- ITECA has been appointed to the Committee and represents independent VET sector providers.
The views of independent provides across the VET sector will be of real value to the Australian Government as it sets about implementing positive reforms.
ITECA believes that The Joyce Review sets out a reform pathway that will reform VET funding, policy and regulatory settings and so that they can be optimised to support both school leavers and workers to maximise the achievement of relevant skills and employment outcomes from the VET sector.
With the support of members serving on the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Reference Committee, ITECA is well positioned to provide the VET Stakeholder Committee with meaningful insights given independent providers support more than 70% of the 4.1 million students enrolled in VET programs across Australia.
The VET Stakeholder Committee held its first meeting was held on 17 September 2019 in Canberra.
ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education Reference Committee.
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