Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 404. Updated Tuesday, 08 April 2014

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Reformers train sights on training system

Australia's Federal, State and Territory Governments have committed themselves to ensuring industry had the skilled workforce and operating environment it needed to boost the nation's productivity and increase international competitiveness.

Meeting for the first time as the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council, the Governments agreed to create a more effective and efficient skills and training system with a focus on providing practical, job-ready skills employers wanted.

Chairman of the new Council, Federal Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane said

the Council agreed on objectives to reform the vocational education and training sector which had became over regulated and complicated, discouraging businesses from undertaking new training programs.

COAG agrees to reform VET

"The Australian Government understands that building a highly skilled workforce is central to driving business innovation and industry expansion," Mr Macfarlane said.

"We want to encourage more businesses to engage in training, which will create new job opportunities and boost Australia's international competitiveness across a range of industries."

Mr Macfarlane said it was working with stakeholders through the Government's VET reform process to build a flexible, high-quality national training system.

"I am delighted that my State and Territory colleagues share that goal," he said.

"I look forward to continuing to work with them."

Mr Macfarlane said the Ministers also discussed a range of industry priorities, including: growth sectors of the future; de-regulation agenda; energy costs; and workplace productivity

"It's now more important than ever that the Government gets rid of the red tape, regulation and unnecessary cost burdens that are standing in the way of investor confidence to create new investment and new jobs," he said.

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