The Australian Government’s approach to how the it funds vocational education and training is likely to undergo radical reform. What’s clear is that student choice will be at the centre of a funding model where independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) compete on a more event basis alongside public TAFE colleges for access to funds to support students.
Key Issues —
In November 2018, the Australian Government commissioned the Joyce Review into vocational education and training. This review considered the process of qualifications development, the work of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and also the funding of vocational education and training. This is a landmark review that has paved the way for significant changes to the way ASQA operates and the establishment of the National Skills Commission.
Twelve months later, the Productivity Commission commenced a review of the funding agreement between the Australian Government and state / territory governments. The interim findings of the review have established that there is a manifest capacity to better allocate the $6.1 billion in governments’ spending on vocational education and training to improve outcomes. The Productivity Commission's interim report notes that there is the need to change funding to make the VET system a more efficient, competitive market, driven by the informed choices of students and employers, with the flexibility to deliver a broad suite of training options.
These two reviews are likely to impact the future of VET funding in Australia and members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) have access to an exclusive briefing on what the reforms may mean for independent RTOs.
ITECA Events ―
Vocational Education & Training Reform Briefings
◾ ITECA South Australian Funded Provider Meeting — 14 July 2020 [Register Now]
◾ ITECA Victorian Funded Provider Meeting — 16 July 2020 [Register Now]
◾ ITECA Australian Capital Territory Funded Provider Meeting — 20 July 2020 [Register Now]
◾ ITECA Queensland Funded Provider Meeting — 21 July 2020 [Register Now]
◾ ITECA Northern Territory Funded Provider Meeting — 27 July 2020 [Register Now]
◾ ITECA New South Wales Funded Provider Meeting — 14 July 2020 [Register Now]
What’s significant is the high level of engagement between ITECA members and the Joyce Review and the Productivity Commission review. The involvement of members serving on the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Reference Committee has directly shaped the conclusions and recommendations.
ITECA’s engagement with the Joyce Review and the Productivity Commission review has been instrumental in raising the profile of the quality outcomes delivered by independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). This has, in turn, produced recommendations for a greater degree of vocational education and training funding by government to be contestable.
Independent RTOs support more than 80% of the 4.1 million students in vocational education and training across Australia.
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 and Training Committee . ITECA Membership - it's a great time to get involved.
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