PM's Vocational Education Reform Pledge

Date —

30 Jan 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

In a major speech to the National Press Club, the Prime Minister has reaffirmed his commitment to major reform to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and in so doing reinforced a commitment to deliver the changes that the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) members have lobbied for.

Key Issues —

A major policy priority for the Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, has been reform of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.  The focus has been on making the policy changes, backed by a financial investment, to ensure that providers are able to support a growing economy through access to a highly trained workforce.

The Prime Minister’s commitment was reinforced in a major address to the National Press Club on 29 January 2020, an accepted forum for major policy announcements.  

In his speech, the Prime Minister referenced the $585 million Skills Package that includes funding to:

  • Establish the National Skills commission;
  • Establish three new Skills Organisation pilots in human services, mining and digital technologies;
  • Establish the National Careers Institute. 
Also referenced in the Prime Minister’s speech was something that ITECA, with the active support of its members, had long argued for – the review of the governance, culture and accountability of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

In January 2020, the Australian Government delivered another important policy outcome that ITECA has been lobbying for on behalf of its members, this being changes to the VET Student Loans caps.  This too was referenced in the speech.

It’s an exciting time for the ITECA membership, as the Australian Government, with the overt patronage of the Prime Minister, sets about major reform of the VET system.  That ITECA members have a front seat at the table in which reforms are being negotiated, shows what member-driven advocacy can achieve.

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 Vocational Education Reference Committee.

Further Information —

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