Saturday, March 15th, 2014

After a successful kick-off in Sydney last Friday, workshops continue in Adelaide today and around the country this week as the Australian Government engages with the sector on how to improve skills and training.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said this was a once in a generation opportunity to simplify a national system that Labor had left fractured, dysfunctional and overcomplicated.

“With businesses crying out for a simple way to access training, we have to make our convoluted skills and training system much more efficient and effective for everyone,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“These workshops are the next step in ongoing consultation with the sector as we seek to build on the strengths of the system, as well as identify areas where it can be improved.

“The key goal is to put industry back in the driver’s seat to make sure our skills and training system is providing business with the skilled workers they need, now and into the future.

“We are committed to improving our vocational education and training sector to better meet the needs of students and industry to create a highly capable and skilled workforce.”

A series of workshops have already been held last month with industry, registered training organisations (RTOs), Industry Skills Councils and Australian Apprenticeships Centres.

These initial discussions presented a range of viewpoints which these new workshops will build on, which together will inform the work being undertaken by the VET Reform Taskforce and the development of skills policy.

The Taskforce can be reached via [email protected], by calling 133 873 from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm or via

Media Contact: Minister's Office 02 6277 7070

Consultation Timetable (RSVPs are essential as places are limited)
Adelaide, Wednesday 12 March, three sessions
Perth, Thursdsay 13 March, three sessions
Darwin, Friday 14 March, one session
Brisbane, Friday 21 March, three sessions
Hobart, Thursday 27 March, two sessions
Melbourne, Friday 28 March, three sessions


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