In November 2019, the Victorian Government commissioned a significant review into Victoria’s post-secondary education and training system to ensure Victoria has the skills required for a growing economy.
The review was Chaired by Jenny Macklin, an Australian social policy expert and former senior Federal Minister with 23 years of experience as a Member in the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament.
The review was undertaken through deep engagement with the sector – more than 300 stakeholders from Victorian TAFEs, universities, private providers, industry, students, community organisations, advocacy groups and post-secondary policy experts provided critical input, helping shape the review’s findings and recommendations.
The report makes 30 recommendations for improving our training and skills system so it can deliver the skills Victoria needs now and into the future. Areas for reform include:
- Establish a strong institutional base for a more collaborative skills system that can deliver the training requirements Victoria needs
- Build and share an evidence and data base that can support improved planning and decision making
- Begin development of an annual Victorian Skills Plan that sets out Victoria’s skills needs for the year ahead and beyond
- Encourage specialised labs with a focus on emerging industries, commencing with the Clean Economy, Care Economy and Digital Economy
- Strengthen on-the-ground support available to local learners and businesses
- Develop and share excellent curriculum and improve professional learning for VET practitioners