This review was designed to help Australia develop a tertiary education system which could more effectively build capabilities and a highly skilled workforce.
The report recommends short-term and long-term actions that government, higher education providers and industry can take to promote greater collaboration across the sector. It considers how to increase industry engagement in teaching and learning through improved course curricula, opportunities to combine work, study and skill development, and how schools, tertiary education and industry can interact to ensure students are able to transition between sectors more seamlessly. These recommended actions are:
- Accelerate the development and use of the Australian Skills Classification as an open access national skills taxonomy.
- Expedite the reform of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) to facilitate better collaboration between higher education providers, vocational education providers and industry.
- Build a unified credentials platform to surface current and emerging skill shortages, provider guidance to individuals to make informed learning decisions, link to quality micro-credentials and act as a bridge to labour market opportunities.
- Providers and industry to build a stronger culture of partnership in the delivery of industry-focused micro-credentials – accelerated through targeted investment fund.
- Roll out a flexible higher education cadetship program combining an employment contract and a learning program.
- Enhance higher education’s engagement with industry through the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund (NPILF) and the National Strategy on Work-Integrated Learning.
- Build stronger partnerships between higher education, vocational education, and schools, including the introduction of a cross-sectoral teaching and learning innovation fund.