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COAG Industry and Skills Council Update

9 November 2014

The COAG Industry and Skills Council, chaired by the Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP, Australian Government Minister for Industry, met for the second time in September this year.

The Council—which comprises Australian, state and territory ministers with portfolio responsibility for industry and skills—focused on the Australian Government’s Industry, Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda and reforms to the vocational education and training sector.

At the meeting it was announced that a consumer hotline to ‘streamline and simplify the reporting of complaints’ would be put in place. The Australian Government will lead the hotline initiative. The Ministers’ Communique explained the process was a mechanism to step-up action against poor quality providers.

Ministers also pledged to support further work on apprenticeship harmonisation, the revised standards for registered training providers and regulators, a review of training packages and accredited courses and streamlining data reporting for training providers.

In other recent VET Reform news, Minister Macfarlane also released two Training Package Discussion Papers for consultation on 31 October 2014.

Stay informed of all VET Reform news by visiting the Department of Industry’s VET Reform site.