Ministerial Council (SCOTESE)

The Standing Council for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) is the successor of the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE). SCOTESE is one of a number of Standing Councils that report to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).


As a result of a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decision on 30 April 2009, Ministers agreed to a realignment of roles and responsibilities for the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) and the Ministerial Council for Vocational and Technical Education (MCVTE).

At a joint meeting of MCVTE and MCEETYA on 12 June 2009, Ministers agreed to MCTEE commencing from 1 July 2009. The Ministerial Council of Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) replaces MCVTE and the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) replaces MCEETYA.

Responsibilities and Functions

A realignment of responsibilities and functions for MCTEE includes a broader, cross-sectoral role for the council.

As agreed by COAG, MCTEE has responsibility for:

  • Higher Education
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • International Education (non school)
  • Adult and Community Education
  • The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • Employment
  • Youth policy relating to participation in tertiary education, work and workforce productivity

MCTEE is the key decision-making body and has overall responsibility for the national tertiary education and employment system and has the following key functions:

  • Setting the national priorities and strategic policy directions for the tertiary education sector to meet the skills needs of the Australian economy
  • Establishing streamlined arrangements for national consistency and harmonisation of the VET and Higher Education sectors (while respecting the distinct mission of each sector)
  • Allocations under the National Training System Funding Pool
  • Maintaining strong industry leadership of and engagement in the tertiary sector
  • Overseeing the work of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council in strengthening the Australian Qualifications Framework
  • Engaging with all associated bodies, councils and ministerial companies to ensure the effectiveness of policy and strategies for the tertiary sector
  • Responding to business, industry and stakeholder advice on issues impacting on the tertiary sector
  • Setting national research priorities


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