Qualifications Reforms

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What are Qualifications Reforms? 

Australian, state and territory governments are working together to develop a new model for VET training products, including qualifications and skill sets, to ensure they are relevant to labour market needs.

Proposed reforms seek to build upon the strengths of the existing VET system to ensure that Australia has a VET system that is fit-for-purpose – efficient, effective and easy to navigate, with a focus on transferable and relevant skills that enables learners to get jobs, and also supports upskilling and reskilling throughout their career.

What is being done?

In September 2022, the Jobs and Skills Summit brought Australians together to work on the challenges and opportunities facing the Australian labour market and economy. A key outcome of the Summit is reforming VET qualifications and micro-credentials (for example skill sets) to ensure they are relevant to labour market needs.

Australian, state and territory Skills Ministers subsequently met in October 2022 and agreed to consult on a proposed qualification model which could replace existing Units of Competency with a new training product architecture which includes:

  • skill standards elevated to the job function level that reduce unnecessary prescription and duplication, and maximise skill transferability across industries; and
  • training and assessment requirements to provide training providers with the information they need to deliver high quality, innovative training.

Consultation is now open on the proposed qualifications model. You are encouraged to have your say to ensure that the proposed qualifications model is fit for purpose. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will be used to test and refine the detail of the proposed model.

Stakeholder Engagement

We have been engaging with VET stakeholders to help us design and develop a proposed qualification model informed by stakeholder feedback and design trials. 

Consultation with stakeholders focused on qualification design elements including: 

  • qualifications based on appropriately grouped occupations and skills clusters to deliver job-facing vocational outcomes for learners; 
  • simplifying products and removing complexity by reducing prescription in current qualifications and making better use of industry and educator expertise; and
  • developing stand-alone or stackable training products, to rapidly upskill or reskill learners to pursue new career opportunities.

Outcomes from these consultations indicated broad support for the need to change the current complex and hard to navigate system; and that the proposed design elements would support industry and learners by facilitating recognition of transferable skills, while making better use of industry and educator expertise.

You can learn more about earlier stakeholder engagement, including qualification reform trials undertaken to test these design elements, and what we heard in previous consultations.

You can also visit the Skills Reform website to learn more about other work being undertaken to improve the VET system, including Industry Engagement Reforms and Quality Reforms.