Vocational education and training

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Education and training
Discussion paper

Past informing the future

This discussion paper reflects on some key developments in VET’s past and how those developments have shaped the sector’s approach to enduring issues such as VET’s purpose, national harmonisation and quality.
Briefing paper

Student equity in VET: participation, achievement and outcomes

This publication presents information on how different equity groups fare in their VET journey. The featured equity groups have historically been disadvantaged in accessing and benefitting from education in Australia.
Report

Digital enterprise through the arts

This research addresses the continuing disparity in education and employment outcomes of young people with disabilities, particularly youth who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and those living in regional and remote locations of Australia.
Report

The stock of qualifications in Australia

This research project estimates and describes the stock of qualifications in the Australian economy using data from the 2018—19 Qualifications and Work survey, compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Report

An analysis of ‘micro-credentials’ in VET

Short-course training, often referred to as micro-credentials, is being seen as an increasingly important form of training, particularly as the world comes to terms with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report explains the concept of 'subject bundles’ and their features.
Report

Skills training that works: lessons from demand-driven approaches

This study draws upon over 30 years of evidence from a range of countries to identify what approaches to skills development training are most effective and provides policy recommendations to lay the groundwork for replicating these models in Canada.
Report

Vocational qualification development: lessons from overseas

Streamlining the vocational qualification development process in Australia is a current priority of the skills ministers of both the Australian government and state and territory governments. This research summary explores the development processes associated with vocational qualifications in selected countries and compares them with the...
Report

VET student outcomes 2020: impact of COVID-19 on domestic students

The broad range of restrictions imposed to control the spread of COVID-19 have caused widespread economic disruption in Australia and significantly impacted the labour market. Using data from the National Student Outcomes Survey, this report examines how domestic students who finished a VET qualification in...
Discussion paper

What VET can offer to COVID-19 youth unemployment recovery

Examining responses to past economic downturns and recessions, both in Australia and internationally, this paper discusses the role of vocational education and training (VET) in mitigating the effects of economic downturns on young people and helping them move into employment.
Report

Skills urgency: transforming Australia's workplaces

This report is intended to be a thought starter for encouraging bigger change around skills in Australia. It aims to stimulate discussion around a number of key considerations intended to contribute to further debate and action on this critical economic driver.
Literature review

Industry’s role in VET governance: using international insights to inform new practices

Industry representation and governance in the vocational education and training (VET) sector have undergone several transformations in the past and continue to do so in the present. This literature summary brings together findings using primarily international country comparisons on industry's role in VET over the...
Report

Future skills for Victoria

This review report reinforces that in order to maximise a skills-led economic recovery, the skills sector must continue to innovate, to meet the changing needs of students and industry in creative, collaborative ways.
Report

National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development Review: Productivity Commission study report

This report sets out the Productivity Commission's Review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD). Its key messages are that the NAWSD should be replaced with a new principles based agreement, and there is manifest capacity for governments to get a better...
Report

Provision of foundation skills training by community education providers in regional Australia

This research investigates the contribution community education providers make to foundation skills training in regional Australia, the models of delivery which seemed to work best, and whether the undertaking of foundation skills training helps build social and human capital of the individual and broader community.
Discussion paper

State of the social sciences report: discussion paper

Intended as a conversation starter, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Academy has prepared this discussion paper to capture the views, ideas and concerns of social science researchers, teachers, students, professionals, policymakers and employers across Australia.
Report

Tertiary education institutions: 2019 audit results and what we saw in 2020

This report summarises the main findings of the 2019 audits of the 27 public tertiary education institutions (TEIs). These consist of eight universities, three wānanga, and 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics.
Report

Rapid review of the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s regulatory practices and processes

The final report of the rapid review of ASQA's regulatory practices, governance and culture recommends moving from input and compliance controls to a stronger focus on excellence in training outcomes.
Strategy

ASQA regulatory strategy 2020-22

This regulatory strategy has been developed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. ASQA has taken account of the pressures the pandemic has placed on the vocational education and training sector, including the financial impact on providers.
Discussion paper

An apprenticeship model for the modern economy

Apprenticeships and traineeships, in one form or another, are used the world over to train new entrants to the workforce in skilled jobs. The key features of learning by doing, underpinned by formal theory training whilst in paid employment, are widely supported and often expanded...
Report

Work-based education in VET

This report explores the benefits and challenges associated with work-based education that have been identified in prior research. It also sets out best practices for training providers, employers and policy makers, to support quality work-based education across the VET system.