SUBMISSION ON EXPERT REVIEW OF AUSTRALIA'S VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING SYSTEM

January 2019

INTRODUCTION

Universities Australia (UA) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the current expert review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. UA recognises the importance of a robust, reputable VET system for Australia’s future. VET offers training and practical skills that equip Australian’s for immediate entry into the workforce. Higher education offers students the academic, analytical and technical skills required for long-term professional and academic careers. Both are critical to Australia’s economic and social wellbeing.

UA is the university peak body of Australia’s universities and therefore has expertise on matters relating to higher education. This submission will not focus on proposing VET solutions but is intended to raise considerations relevant to ensuring Australia’s tertiary education system remains world-class, with higher education and VET making complementary contributions.

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