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VET reform – What’s the latest?

Monday, March 31 2014

VET reform consultations are being held nationally with many members and ACPET Executive Officers attending consultation discussions. 

On Friday the ACPET Board also met with Secretary of the Department of Industry, Ms Glenys Beauchamp and the Head of the VET Reform Taskforce, Ms Peta Furnell.

Key issues that were raised by the ACPET Board were:

  • Improving the operation of contestable funding arrangements
  • Improving outcomes for uses of the VET system
  • The government's regulatory reform agenda and the opportunity for de-regulation and earned autonomy in VET
  • The costs RTOs are having to absorb because of the current, highly segmented nature of the sector (including the rate of change in the sector, eg with Training Packages)
  • The future vision for VET 

The Board was pleased with the discussions and the government's commitment to evidence-based reform and to streamlining the highly complex and convoluted governance arrangements in the sector. 

The Department of Industry is keeping the sector updated on the VET reform process via their website .

This week ACPET CEO, Claire Field, and Queensland-based Board member, Jenny Field, will join other key stakeholders at a meeting of the Commonwealth and State/Territory Ministers in Brisbane. This meeting provides a further opportunity to highlight to Ministers the reforms the sector needs and the necessity of greater national consistency. Later in the day Ministers will meet as the new COAG Industry and Skills Council. The Communique of their meeting is expected to outline the starting point for reforms to the VET system.

Ben Vivekanandan
General Manager, Policy and Research


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