Release type: Joint Media Release


Expert panel to advise on the future of Vocational Education and Training


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
The Hon Steve Irons MP
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships

As part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to revitalise vocational education and training (VET), an independent expert advisory panel has been established.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the Expert Panel will provide independent strategic advice to the Government on key reforms flowing from the Joyce Review ‘Expert Review of Australia’s VET System’, released in April 2019.

“The Morrison Government is acting on the Joyce Review, committing more than $525 million to the Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package, to support more Australians to gain the skills employers are looking for,” Minister Cash said.

“It will ensure our workforce has the right skills to help businesses grow and contribute to the economy, both now and into the future.

“I am pleased to announce that the Honourable Steven Joyce will chair the Expert Panel, and he is well placed to help us implement our reform agenda.”

He will be joined by Peter Noonan, Professor of Tertiary Education Policy at Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, and Dr Vanessa Guthrie, who will bring a crucial industry perspective, with her senior leadership and executive experience.

Together, the three Panel members bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the task of advising the Government on the implementation of the skills package, and on our future reform trajectory.

“The Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package will help provide businesses with a pipeline of qualified workers they need to grow and prosper.” The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, The Hon Steve Irons MP, said through these reforms we will deliver a vocational education sector that provides workforce skills and relevant, up-to-date qualifications that are well-matched to the evolving opportunities and challenges of Australia’s modern economy.

“We need a modern and flexible VET sector, one that places industry at the centre and raises the profile of VET as a career pathway of choice.”

“We are committed to a VET system that delivers positive opportunities and outcomes for all Australians, regardless of geographic, social or personal circumstances,” Assistant Minister Irons said.

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