Release type: Joint Media Release


A new future for VET and higher education


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Students will get a post-secondary education that better serves their needs with stronger alignment between the higher education and VET sectors.
The Review of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), headed by Professor Peter Noonan, recommended:

  • Senior secondary students can study subjects at school that count towards a vocational training qualification or university degree.
  • Recognition of microcredentials to allow providers to offer short, highly-targeted courses.
  • VET and higher education to have clear and flexible entry and exit points, as well as pathways within and between, to allow students to mix and match the subjects they study to meet their education requirements.

The Morrison Government today accepted all recommendations of the review in relation to higher education and accepted the aims of recommendations of the review in relation to vocational education contingent on further discussions with state and territory governments.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government was providing flexibility to the qualifications system to meet student and employer demand.

“We are providing structure and clarity to vocational education and higher education to reflect the real world,” Mr Tehan said.

“We want to make it easier for Australians to move between vocational training and higher education and to earn microcredential qualifications that will improve their productivity.

“These reforms will cut red tape and improve the operation and quality of education in Australia.”

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Michaelia Cash said the Government would continue to work closely with the sector and state and territory Skills Ministers.

“We will fully consider the recommendations in the context of our broader reform agenda, including the COAG VET Roadmap already underway,” Minister Cash said.

“Our Government is lifting the status of VET and there are clear benefits for both sectors working closer together – for example, someone studying engineering at university could benefit from hands-on experience by studying a site management course at a TAFE or private RTO.”