Release type: Media Release


Public consultation on assessment in VET opens


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Deputy Leader of the House

The Australian Government wants to hear from interested parties on issues to do with the standard of assessment in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Luke Hartsuyker, said the Quality of assessment in Vocational Education and Training discussion paper released today invites feedback on how to improve the assessment of students in vocational education.

“When a student decides to undertake a VET course they do so on the understanding they will be taught the skills that employers want and to the standard that employers expect,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Proper assessment processes that genuinely test a student’s capability and competency are an essential part of that bargain.

“While the majority of training providers do the right thing, some students have complained that assessments are ‘too easy’ or that people are being ‘let through’ when they are not ready.

“Equally, employers are concerned that too many students are graduating without the necessary skills and knowledge for the jobs on offer.

“If we are to maintain the confidence of students and employers in the VET sector and help people into jobs, then it is essential that student assessment processes are robust, genuine and meet industry standards.

“The Government is inviting feedback from students, employers, training providers and other interested parties on ways to improve the standard of assessment in the VET sector.

“The feedback received will be used to inform options to be considered by Skills Ministers at the COAG Industry and Skills Council,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Information on how to participate in the consultation process can be found at Public consultation closes on Friday 11 March 2016.