2020 Australian Government Budget – National Skills Commission

Date —

7 October 2020

Education Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The 2020 Australian Government Budget has set out the commitment of $141.1million to permanently establish the National Skills Commission, locking in a major reform for the vocational education and training sector.

Key Issues —

The creation of the NSC was one of the key recommendations from the Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System completed in 2019.

In early 2020, Mr Adam Boyton was appointed as interim Skills Commissioner and he was confirmed in that role permanently in late September 2020.


2020 Budget Commitment 
National Skills Commission Funding


The 2020 Australian Government Budget confirms a commitment of $141.1 million over five years from 2019-20. This includes $6.1 million in capital funding over four years from 2020-21) to permanently establish the National Skills Commission.

This measure included $66.7 million in additional funding for the Additional Identified Skills Shortage payment to support employers taking on new apprentices in areas of identified national skills shortages. Funding of $36.2 million for this measure has already been provided for by the Government.

The funding provides the resources for the National Skills Commission to provide advice on Australia's future workforce changes and current and emerging skills needs, with a focus on vocational education and training.


National Skills Commission


◾ Australia’s current, emerging and future workforce skills needs.
◾ Efficient prices for VET courses.
◾ The public and private return on government investment in VET qualifications.
◾ The performance of Australia’s system for providing VET.
◾ Issues affecting the state of the Australian and international labour markets.
◾ Opportunities to improve access, skills development and choice for regional, rural and remote Australia in relation to VET.

ITECA has established a cooperative working relationship with both Mr Boyton and the National Skills Commission.

“It’s great that this year’s federal budget has provided the funding which will allow the National Skills Commission to play a lead role in supporting a skills-based economic recovery,” Mr Williams said.

The work of the National Skills Commission is important to independent vocational education and training providers that support around 80% of the 4.2 million students in vocational education and training.

Getting Involved —

The ITECA policy team in Canberra receives great advice from members serving on the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Reference Group.  ITECA Membership - It's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you.  Simply send an email to vocational.training@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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