The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, has appointed the Hon Steven Joyce (pictured), former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and former Minister of Finance, to lead the review, which will consider how the Australian Government’s investment in VET can better deliver for Australia’s job-seekers and employers. The Review will be delivered by March 2019.
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet says:
“The Review will focus on how the Australian Government’s investment in VET could be more effective to provide Australians with the skills they need to be successful throughout their working life. It will also focus on ensuring Australian businesses, including small and family businesses and businesses in rural and regional areas, have the skills they need to support their business growth.”
“The review will focus on the skills people need when they leave school, but also later in life when they might be looking to improve their skills, change industries or build on general literacy and numeracy,” said the Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash.
“The VET sector is central to growing Australian businesses and building our economy. By examining ways to strengthen the VET sector, we can ensure our workforce and our economy is ready for the opportunities of the decades ahead.
“It will ensure our workforce can easily adapt to changing employer demands. This includes meeting the demand for higher level skills, building digital capability, and building skills in rural and regional Australia.”
We’re serious about creating a better future for Australians and that means giving everyone the best chance to make a success of the career they choose.
“This country benefits most when all Australians achieve their full potential and make a contribution. Having the right people with the right skills is key to achieving this and key to growing business and creating jobs for Australians”.
Read the media release here and Review terms of reference.