Labor Government Outlines Response To VET Funding Review

15 December 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has today outlined its support for a more managed, sustainable training system, as recommended by the Independent VET Funding Review.

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert today released the Government’s response to the Review, which was chaired by Bruce Mackenzie with Deputy Reviewer Neil Coulson.

The Review recommends the Government develop a more managed, targeted and contestable system that better links training to industry and job outcomes, guarantees additional funds for TAFEs, and ensures only quality training providers receive government funding.

The response will put an end to the Liberals’ mismanagement of the training system which resulted in public TAFEs and reputable training providers undercut by low cost, poor quality and unscrupulous operators.

The Government Response outlines 6 themes that will guide future reforms:

  • A clear vision for VET in Victoria, targeted to meeting industry need and providing job outcomes
  • A responsive and sustainable model that promotes lifelong learning
  • Defining clear roles for TAFEs and community sectors to ensure strong and sustainable systems
  • Transparency for students, industry and employers
  • Supporting quality and continuous improvement
  • Promotion of equity for learners of all abilities.

The Government’s response is the first step in reforming the VET system. Currently under consideration is tighter control of government funding to training providers and a more targeted allocation of government funds which will meet industry skill needs.

The new model will benefit regional communities and will make sure locals get the skills they need for jobs in their communities.

We will now engage with key stakeholders so a new detailed funding model can be implemented progressively from 2017.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“A training system that delivers quality and industry relevant skills is vital to improving productivity, creating jobs and increasing Victoria’s economic growth.”

“The Andrews Labor Government will take a more hands-on role in the VET system to support strong public TAFEs and Learn Local organisations.”

“The Liberal Government spent four years wrecking the VET system, transforming it will not, and should not, be a quick fix.”

Reviewed 10 February 2021

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