Consultation on National Skills Passport begins

The Government is now inviting public submissions from everyone, particularly learners, employees, job seekers, businesses, unions, tertiary institutions and state, territory and local governments to inform the scope, outcomes and benefits of a National Skills Passport.

In September 2023, alongside the release of the Employment White Paper, the Australian Government announced it would consult widely to develop a business case for a National Skills Passport.

The Department of Education and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations are jointly leading this project and the wide-ranging consultation and engagement that is essential for the development and long-term success of a National Skills Passport.

A National Skills Passport has the potential to be a practical support to help with education and employment decisions. People who participate could view and share evidence of their skills and qualifications in a trusted, seamless, and integrated digital system. It could also connect with other relevant services, make life easier for employers, employees and jobseekers, and help people upskill and reskill.

The Government is now inviting public submissions from everyone, particularly learners, employees, job seekers, businesses, unions, tertiary institutions and state, territory and local governments to inform the scope, outcomes and benefits of a National Skills Passport.

The Hon. Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Skills and Training, said “We want to make it easier for workers to move through the economy, from industry to industry, while ensuring businesses can find the employees they need to thrive.

“A Skills Passport could be an important part of addressing Australia’s skills shortage, and that’s why we need your help to see how this could work.”

Submissions close AEDT 11:59 pm Sunday, 18 February 2024.