Vocational education and training review

On 28 November 2018, the Prime Minister announced an independent review of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector to examine ways to deliver skilled workers for a stronger economy. The review was led by the Honourable Steven Joyce, a former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. Mr Joyce delivered the final report to the Government in March 2019.

On 2 April 2019, Government released its Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package which responds to recommendations of the review. More information about delivering a world class vocational education and training system is available.

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Thank you to everyone who made a submission to the Vocational Education and Training review.

The review received 192 valid submissions of which 144 submissions gave consent to publish.

Published submissions are available on the VET Review submissions page.

Background on the Review

VET is central to the growth of Australian businesses and to the capacity of millions of Australians to succeed in a changing labour market.

The Prime Minister announced the Terms of Reference for the review on 28 November 2018.

The review focused on how the Australian Government’s investment in VET could be more effective to provide Australians with the skills they need to be successful throughout their working life. It also focused on ensuring Australian businesses, including small and family businesses and businesses in rural and regional areas, have the skills they need to support their business growth.

The expert reviewer was supported by a Secretariat within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

To capture the views of students, a Research Report was conducted by Qualtrics on behalf of the Review.

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