Government Skills Package Consultation

Date —

26 Sep 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The Australian Government’s Skills Package will help modernise and strengthen the skills system by driving research and analysis of national skills needs, raising the profile of Vocational Education and Training (VET) as a career pathway of choice and giving industry greater ownership of the skills and training system. Members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) have the opportunity to help co-design these key initiatives.

Key Issues —

The Australian Government’s skills package, Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow, committed $525 million to establish a National Skills Commission, Skills Organisations and National Careers Institute.

Workshops are being held nationally and input from ITECA members is sought to help co-design the key initiatives. This is a unique opportunity for ITECA members, and other stakeholders across the sector, to attend to ensure a say in the outcomes and to represent the independent tertiary education sector in this important initiative. Workshops will be held on the role and purpose of:

  • National Skills Commission which will oversee the Australian Government’s investment in VET qualifications and promote a nationwide approach to skills forecasting.
  • Skills Organisations, which will give industry more ownership across the national skills pipeline and help improve the national training system for both industry and students.
  • National Careers Institute, established in July 2019, to provide leadership in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based career development to help Australians make informed decisions about their learning, training and work pathways. This workshop will examine how the Institute can most effectively achieve its purpose.

For those with an interest in the broader architecture in which independent VET providers operate, this is a unique chance to get in and make a difference. Places are limited, so please register for the sessions with the links below:

Adelaide (3-4 October)
[Register here]
Melbourne (7-9 October)
[Register here]
Bendigo (9 October)
[Register here]
Perth (14-15 October)
[Register here]
Cairns (21 October)
[Register here]
Orange (25 October)
[Register here]
Canberra (31 October-1 November)
[Register here]
Darwin (4-5 November)
[Register here]
Sydney (11-12 November)
[Register here]
Hobart (13-14 November)
[Register here]
Brisbane (18-19 November)
[Register here]

ITECA has been actively consulted by the Australian Government as it implements these reforms that arise from the Joyce Review of Australia’s vocational education and training system. It’s a major policy advocacy priority for ITECA that has involved extensive engagement with the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Network .

These consultation sessions are being coordinated by the Nous Group on behalf of the Australian Government.


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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