Council of Australian Governments (COAG)

Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia, comprising the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA).

The role of COAG is to initiate, develop and monitor the implementation of policy reforms that are of national significance and which require cooperative action by Australian governments. Meetings outcomes are released as communiqu├ęs. Where formal agreements are reached, these may be embodied in Intergovernmental Agreements.

VET issues addressed by COAG recently

1. COAG Meeting - 19 August 2011

COAG has now endorsed the International Students Strategy for Australia. The Strategy aims to support a high quality experience for international students by improving student wellbeing, assuring the quality of education, strengthening consumer protection for international students and providing better information to current and future students. It builds on efforts already undertaken at all levels of government to improve the safety and wellbeing of international students. The Strategy and accompanying fact sheet are available below.

2. COAG Meeting - 13 February 2011

2.1 National Agreement on Skills and Workforce Development: COAG has requested a review.

2.2 National Vocational Education and Training Regulator:
COAG (with the exception of Victoria and Western Australia) agreed in principle to the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for Regulatory Reform of Vocational Education and Training (VET) with sign-off by the end of February 2011. This agreement will establish a national VET regulator to drive better quality standards and regulation across the Australian VET sector. Victoria and Western Australia committed to a national approach to regulation of the sector but maintained they should have regulatory control over certain providers including TAFEs.

2.3 Unique Student Identifier for VET:
COAG welcomed progress on the development of the Vocational Education and Training Unique Student Identifier (USI) and agreed to develop a formal business case by June 2011. A unique student identifier will simplify the process of enrolment and engagement with VET providers. More >>

Apprenticeships, Training and Skills Recognition - Previous Meeting Outcomes: www.coag.gov.au/coag_meeting_outcomes/issues_by_subject.cfm