22 November 2019

The National Skills Commission is proposed to provide national leadership to the VET system, with a particular focus on assessing skills needs and nationally consistent funding arrangements.

Skills Organisations are proposed to be owned by industry and take a leadership role to support the VET system better meet the needs of employers, the economy and students.

Master Builders Australia submission to the Department of Employment on the co-design of the National Skills Commission and Skills Organisations makes six key recommendations: 

  1. Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to strengthen its commitment to the vocational education and training (VET) sector by agreeing to adequately fund VET reforms and put in place strong governance arrangements that will ensure accountability for action and delivery.
  2. The role and objectives for the National Skills Commission include leadership, skills needs forecasting and industry support with an immediate term priority to build the trust and respect of industry.
  3. The National Skills Commission be an independent body funded by the COAG Skills Council, overseen by a small Board of well-respected industry leaders, and reporting to the Skills Council and Board.
  4. The Government, in setting up Skills Organisations, acknowledge the diversity of industries within the VET sector and ensure that the requirements for governance, scope and responsibilities are sufficiently flexible to enable industries to shape their Skills Organisations to meet the needs and nuances of their circumstances.
  5. The functions of Skills Organisations could include developing and endorsing training packages and units of competency; assisting the Commission with skills forecasting; independent assessment of competencies; and developing work-readiness assessment tools and mechanisms to assess the quality of training providers.
  6. The Government develop options for the National Skills Commission and Skills Organisations based on the initial consultation and explore these with stakeholders through further consultation.

Read the submission here: Master Builders Submission - Co-Design of National Skills Commissioner & Skills Organisations