Current VET Reviews

Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships

Reporting date: end 2011

Following the release on 21 February 2011 of an Expert Panel report, A Shared Responsibility: Apprenticeships for the 21st Century, the Australian Government sought submissions from interested parties on future reform options for the Australian Apprenticeships system. Submissions closed on 8 April 2011.

The Apprenticeship Reform Package as part of “Building Australia’s Future Workforce” announced in the 2011-2012 Budget is the Australian Government’s initial direction setting response to the recommendations in the Expert Panel’s report.

The Government will be consulting further with stakeholders over the coming months to consider additional opportunities to align the Australian Apprenticeships system with the needs of the economy, particularly in relation to support services, government financial support and simplifying the system. Further details will be provided in the coming weeks on the next phase of consultation. Following that consultation process the Government will be announcing a substantial response to the Panel’s recommendations by the end of 2011. More >>

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

Reporting date: mid 2011

The Survey of Employer Use and Views of the VET System is designed to provide detailed information on the way employers interact with the vocational education and training (VET) system and their satisfaction with these dealings. The aim of the survey is to provide information enabling the Australian Government and state and territory governments to monitor the factors, over time, impacting employer engagement and satisfaction with VET in meeting the skill needs of the workforce. NCVER) has conducted the survey in its current form every two years since 2005. The next iteration of the survey will be conducted in 2011, with results available in December 2011. The findings from this review will feed into the development and redesign of the 2013 survey. Read the Discussion Paper >>

Australian Government Productivity Commission

Reported: 5 May 2011

On 22 April 2010, the Productivity Commission received a terms of reference from the Australian Government asking it to undertake a commissioned study of the education and training (VET) workforce. The 115 submissions received may be viewed here. The research report offers a number of findings and recommendations on the demand for and supply of VET workers, workforce composition and workforce planning, and other factors of significance. Download >>

Related Coverage
The Australian, 25 May 2011: No room for complacency in VET sector
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Skills Australia

Reported: 3 May 2011

In October 2010, Skills Australia released a discussion paper, Creating a future direction for Australian vocational education and training, to seek general input and ideas in shaping the future direction of the VET sector. Over 130 submissions were received and may be viewed here. At Ultimo TAFE on 3 May 2011, the Skills Australia Chair, Philip Bullock, introduced the report, Skills for Prosperity – a roadmap for vocational education and training that offers comprehensive reforms for the way the Australian VET sector is developed, organised and financed. A series of Information Sessions in capital cities have been organised to outline the rationale and key recommendations of this report. More >>

Australian Flexible Learning Framework

Reporting date: May 2011

A strategic review of the Flexible Learning Advisory Group* (FLAG) and its key responsibility, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework) commenced on 27 September 2010. The review aims to capture the views of a number of key vocational education and training (VET) stakeholder groups on the role and effectiveness of FLAG and of the Framework and its activities. More >>

Parliament of Australia - Senate

Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee recently conducted two inquiries:

1. National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Bill 2010 [2011]

Reported: 21 March 2011

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Bill 2010 [2011], National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2010 [2011] and National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011 provide for the establishment of a national regulator for the vocational education and training (VET) sector and set out the regulatory framework within which the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (NVR) will operate.

The NVR will take over the regulatory functions of state regulators in referring states and territories. In non-referring states, it will have responsibility for registered training organisations which offer training to international students or which also operate in a referring state or territory. Read about the inquiry here. Download the final report >>

2. Inquiry into Industry Skills Councils (ISCs)

Reported: 23 March 2011

The role, effectiveness, corporate governance, network arrangements and funding surpluses of the ISCs in the operation of the national training system were examined. Information about the inquiry and the submissions received may be viewed here. The final report is available for download.

Review of the AVETMIS Standard for VET Providers

Reported: 17 December 2010

The Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) for VET Providers is currently being reviewed. A discussion paper was released in June 2010 and a summary of submissions received and recommendations made has been released by NCVER.
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