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COAG Releases Draft VET Reform Roadmap

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Skills Council is developing a VET reform roadmap and last month released The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Reform Roadmap Consultation Draft.

In recent years, several reviews have been undertaken at a national and state and territory level, that seek to strengthen the VET sector. The COAG Roadmap aims to bring the results of these reviews together into a reform path for the sector as a whole.

As its rationale notes, ‘a fourth industrial revolution is underway, prompted by technological change, globalisation, artificial intelligence and machine learning. This is having a profound impact on the way young and working age people need to skill and reskill, and the types of future jobs that will be available to them. As Australia’s economy continues to rapidly restructure, so too must the VET system to meet the changing needs of 21st century learners.’

The VET Reform Roadmap sets the following ‘destinations’:

  1. Trusted and relevant qualifications and credentials.
  2. High quality education, training, and assessment.
  3. Apprenticeships and employment -based training that is attractive to employers and individuals.
  4. All learners access and thrive in training that is right for them.
  5. Stronger alignment and integration between VET and higher education.
  6. Government VET investment supports economic and social priorities and complements the investment of industry and learners.
  7. National architecture and governance give the VET system credibility, impact and stability.

The COAG Skills Council has asked senior officials in all jurisdictions to work together to develop the Roadmap for consideration by Ministers and endorsement by COAG by the middle of 2020. Read The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Reform Roadmap Consultation Draft.

Micro-credentials discussion paper

This paper is the first instalment of the fast-tracked foundational work on micro-credentials agreed to by Ministers at the 22 November 2019 COAG Skills Council meeting.

The purpose of the paper is to explore issues on the use of micro-credentials in the national VET system to better respond to student and job-needs.

The key questions for consideration in this first instalment paper focus on the definition of micro-credentials:

  1. Should the definition encompass both VET and higher education or be specific to VET?
  2. Are there any other examples locally or internationally that should be considered in forming the definition?
  3. What else should be considered in developing the definition?
  4. What needs to change to support the operation of the definition in all settings?

Input from sector stakeholders to this paper is invited to: tertiary.education.national.reform@edumail.vic.gov.au by 20 March 2020.