Strengthening skills focus of new government report

4 April 2019

Late last year, the Prime Minister announced an independent review of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector. The Government has published the outcomes of this review in a new report: Strengthening Skills: Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System.

The independent review was conducted by former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment the Hon Steven Joyce. It focused on how the Australian Government’s investment in VET could be more effective in providing Australians with the skills they need to be successful throughout their working life. It also focused on ensuring Australian businesses, including small and family businesses and businesses in rural and regional areas, can support growth.

The report includes recommendations across six areas:

  • strengthening quality assurance
  • speeding up qualification development
  • simpler funding and skills matching
  • better careers information
  • clearer secondary school pathways
  • greater access for disadvantaged Australians.

For more information and to read the report, please visit the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website.

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