This research summary explores the vocational qualification development processes in selected countries and compares them to the current process in Australia to determine if there are any areas where efficiencies can be made.

The international processes examined are in Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States. Detailed information for each of these countries can be found in the support document.

Key points:

  • The qualification development process for each country operates in the context of its own vocational education and training (VET) system and broader governance framework; no international process appears to be more efficient or effective than Australia’s, but there are elements that could be adapted to improve the approach in Australia.
  • In the Australian process, the role of educators and educational institutions in technical advisory groups and in qualification development appears, on paper, to be similar to international processes. However, greater transparency in how the contribution of each influences the outcomes may improve the current perception that they have little involvement.
  • In many of the countries examined, the regulator is involved in the qualification development process, mainly through the final approval of qualifications. In Australia, the VET regulators have little or no involvement in the training package development process, but they do accredit courses.
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