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Skills Ministerial Committee and Meetings

In May 2020 the Prime Minister announced that the former Council of Australian Governments (COAG) ceased. It was replaced by a new architecture for federal relations including the Skills National Cabinet Reform Committee (Skills Committee).

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Skills Committee

As part of this architecture, the National Cabinet announced six initial priority areas of reform, and the formation of six National Cabinet Reform Committees, including the Skills National Cabinet Reform Committee (Skills Committee).

The Skills Committee was established by the National Cabinet to support the ongoing reforms to vocational education and training outlined in the Heads of Agreement on Skills Reform, including:

  • Simplifying, rationalising and streamlining national VET qualifications across industry occupation clusters and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and introducing improved industry engagement arrangements.
  • Strengthening quality standards, building Registered Training Organisations (RTO) capacity and capability for continuous improvement and developing a VET workforce quality strategy.
  • Working together collaboratively, including sharing data, to develop the new National Skills Agreement to replace the NASWD.
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Skills Ministers’ Meeting (SMM)

In addition to the Skills Committee, skills ministers have responsibility for the ongoing management of VET system through the Skills Ministers’ Meeting (SMM).

Both the Skills Committee and the Skills Ministers’ Meeting provide a forum for intergovernmental collaboration and decision-making about skills development and national training arrangements.

The Skills Committee and the Skills Ministers’ Meeting consist of ministers from each state and territory, with portfolio responsibility for skills issues.

The Commonwealth Minister responsible for Skills is the Chair of the Skills Committee and Skills Ministers’ Meeting.

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