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Greater say for industry on training package design

31 October 2014

The Australian Government is opening a new round of consultation on the implementation of reforms to deliver more industry-relevant and flexible national training packages, which will in turn drive productivity and competitiveness.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane today released two discussion papers on the design and implementation of training packages, with a particular focus on identifying improvements that can be made to lead to better outcomes for students and employers.

“This is the first time in almost 20 years that there’s been an honest assessment of whether training packages are delivering what students need to get a job, and what industry needs to enhance its productivity through access to the right skills,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“Through extensive consultations, we have heard the message loud and clear that the days of one-size-fits-all in the training system are over.

“What’s needed is a new level of flexibility in training packages so they meet the different needs of different employers.”

The first discussion paper, Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses, will seek comments on whether training packages are meeting the needs of industry, employers, students and the economy.

The second, Industry Engagement in Training Package Development – Towards a Contestable Model, will examine contestable approaches for the development and maintenance of training packages.

A skilled and flexible workforce is a key element of the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda because it will enable businesses to capitalise on existing and new opportunities.

“Australian Governments spend more than $7 billion a year on the training system and we need to improve the way that training is developed and designed, with a stronger role for industry,” Mr Macfarlane said.

Submissions to Industry Engagement in Training Package Development – Towards a Contestable Model will close on 24 December 2014 while submissions to the Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses will close on 18 February 2015.

The discussion papers are available at www.vetreform.industry.gov.au.

Media Contact: Mr Macfarlane's office 02 6277 7070