This has reduced the capacity of public providers to deliver training, especially in the regions and other less advantaged areas. It has also affected their capacity to fulfil broader community engagement functions that are not well supported in a supposedly market-based system. More broadly, the resulting problems have damaged the reputation of the entire VET sector.
UA supports the direction of the recent Joyce Review, and the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) decision to make skills reform a priority. Addressing the core issues of funding, currency of training packages and raising quality across the sector will enhance the reputation and attractiveness of the VET sector.