ITECA Welcomes New Queensland Training & Skills Minister

Date —

16 November 2020

Education Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The reelection of the Palaszczuk Government for a third term in Queensland has seen a reshuffle, with the Hon. Di Farmer MP appointed to the role of Minister for Training and Skills Development. Immediately after being sworn-in, the Minister reached out to the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA).

Key Issues —

As the economic recovery gets underway in Queensland, the state’s vocational education and training sector will play a key role in providing job seekers and school leavers with job ready skills. The ability of independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to provide quality outcomes in the sector was a key issue between the Minister and the ITECA Chief Executive, Troy Williams, in a discussion the day after the Minister’s appointment.

The discussion between ITECA Queensland and the Minister was focused on quality, referencing the fact that independent RTOs are trusted by students and employers as being able to deliver the quality outcomes they are looking for.

In Queensland, there are around 138,900 students that received government funding and around 79,600, some 57%, of these study with independent providers. ITECA Queensland’s members will also play a lead role in delivering JobTrainer programs across the state. This underscores the importance of ITECA Queensland’s relationship with the new Minister.

What’s clear from the discussion between ITECA Queensland and the Minister is that the share interest in promoting the reputation of independent RTOS’s for quality provides a strong basis for future dialogue.

ITECA Queensland has invited the Minister to speak at the 2021 VET Business Summit – Gold Coast to be held on 16 March 2021.

Getting Involved —

ITECA Queensland’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 Queensland Branch Committee.  ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA Queensland 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 or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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