Victorian Skills System Review

Date —

08 Nov 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The Victorian Government has announced a review which will be looking into the post-secondary education and training system. The review, dubbed the Macklin Review, is headed by former Federal Minister Jenny Macklin and will contribute to the reforms underway through the COAG Skills Council and hopes to improve pathways between vocational education and training and higher education.

Key Issues —

The Victorian Government has announced that it will be undertaking a review into Victoria’s tertiary education and training system, to ensure the state is able to offer Australia the skills it needs for a growing economy.

The ‘Macklin Review’, headed by former Federal Minister Jenny Macklin, comes off the back of major investments the state government has made in infrastructure, education, disability and aged care. The government is looking to ensure that Victoria is ready and able to deliver the workforce which is required from these investments.

The review will be investigating reforms which will strengthen the role of private employers in training and workforce development. It will also be looking into what can be done to ensure that vocational education and training (VET) continues to deliver quality outcomes for students and improve pathways between VET and higher education.

The review will contribute to the reforms that are already underway through the COAG Skills Council and will be focusing on designing a system which will meet the needs of industry and government, while ensuring students get the skills they need.

Victorian Government Link –

A report with the recommendations will be finalised within 12 months. With support of its members, ITECA will engage with the Victorian Government to ensure that independent providers in the VET and higher education sectors play a lead role in the review.

Nationwide, independent providers support more than 70% of the 4.1 million students undertaking VET programs, including 58% of students undertaking a VET Diploma, 64% of students undertaking a Certificate IV and 58% of students undertaking a Certificate III. Independent providers also support nearly 10% of the 1.5 million students in higher education.

Member Engagement —

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 Victorian Committee.

Further Information —

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