The Commonwealth and all state and territory governments have signed the Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform which sets out national reforms for the VET sector. The priorities in the agreement are aimed at ensuring the VET system is delivering for students and employers and equipping Australians with the skills they need for emerging jobs.

Immediate reform areas

The VET sector supports and develops diverse skills across a broad range of industries. Importantly, a strong VET sector will ensure Australia has a highly skilled workforce ready for the job market, now and into the future.

Recognising the importance of a high quality VET system that works for everyone, Australian governments (both at the national and state and territory level) have agreed to immediately progress reforms in the following key areas:

  • strengthening the role of industry and employers
  • improving VET qualifications
  • raising the quality of training

These reforms are the next step in improving Australia’s VET system, building on previous consultations and feedback received from across the sector.

Consultation with stakeholders

The engagement hub for these Skills Reform activities is available on the Skills Reform website.

The website will provide information and consultation opportunities for the three immediate reform areas and is a central location to stay informed, be engaged and provide feedback throughout the consultation process.

Consultations will primarily occur via discussion papers, surveys and online workshops. Feedback provided will be considered by Skills Ministers and inform decisions on future arrangements.