National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform

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The Australian Government is committed to providing industry with the skilled and productive workers it needs for our economy now and in the future. This is why the Australian Government is working with states and territories through the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform to transform the national training system.

Through the national partnership, a wide range of reforms are being put in place to improve the access, equality, transparency, quality and efficiency of the national training system. This means that Australians have access to more affordable training, better information about the training options available, high quality training and a more flexible training system.

Background

Through the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform the Australian Government has committed $1.75 billion over five years (2012–17) to work with states and territories to drive reform of the national training system. The national partnership was agreed by the Council of Australian Governments in April 2012.

Some reforms are being implemented nationally, such as the My Skills website and the Unique Student Identifier. Other reforms, such as the National Training Entitlement, are being implemented by each state and territory and customised in their state and territory training systems.

The national partnership aims to improve student outcomes by supporting an estimated 375,000 additional students over five years to complete their qualifications, with a focus on high level skills and disadvantaged students.

Review of the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform

The Review of the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform was undertaken in late 2015, in accordance with section 54 of the national partnership. The review assessed progress of the VET structural reforms and training outcomes agreed to under the national partnership and makes recommendations that could inform future Commonwealth–State agreements.

Review of the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform report

Resources

The following online resources provide additional, relevant information on the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform.

Contact us

For enquiries, call the Department of Education and Training on 1300 566 046.