On 28 November 2018, the Prime Minister announced the Hon Steven Joyce, former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and Minister of Finance, would undertake a review of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector to ensure Australians have the skills they need to succeed in the labour market and support economic growth.
Mr Joyce today called for public submissions to inform the Review. The Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said public consultations provided an opportunity for those who use the VET system to have a say about how it can be strengthened.
The perspectives of employers, VET providers, and students and their families will make an invaluable contribution to guiding Mr Joyce’s review of the sector.
Minister Cash said it is important to identify how the VET system currently supports its users, and examine ways it could more effectively provide Australians with the skills they need to be successful throughout their working life.
“Submissions are encouraged from all members of the public, including anyone who has used the VET sector or is interested in how Australia’s skills and training system prepares Australians for the jobs of today and the future,” Minister Cash said.
Submissions are invited to address all aspects of the Terms of Reference, including what is working well, the challenges that exist, and changes that could be made to the VET system.
The closing date for submissions is 11.59 pm AEST Friday 25 January 2019.
The Review’s Terms of Reference and information on how to make a submission are available here.
Mr Joyce will deliver the Review and its recommendations to the Prime Minister in March 2019.