Getting down to business – strengthening Australia’s vocational education and training sector

Media Release
  • Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

The Morrison Government has established its Vocational Education and Training (VET) Stakeholder committee to help drive its significant agenda of reform.

The highly experienced committee was handpicked, to ensure we have the talent and knowledge informing the Government’s skills sector initiatives.

The VET Stakeholder committee has hit the ground running and hosted their inaugural meeting in Canberra last week.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the Committee will ensure that stakeholder views are understood, considered and included during the implementation of the $525 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package.

“Our vision to create a strong VET sector is critical to our economy and to helping prepare Australians for the workforce of today and the future,” Minister Cash said.

“The Morrison Government is committed to creating more than 1.25 million jobs over the next five years and I’m confident that more and more of the people filling these positions will be coming to employers through the VET system.

“We are acutely aware of the workforce requirements in the Australian economy. Our reform agenda will deliver better outcomes for Australians who make the choice to pursue a VET pathway.”

The Committee brings together representatives of business councils, consumer advocates, peak body representatives, registered training organisations, and public, private, community and non-for-profit providers.

“Together we will improve the VET system through collaboration of Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry and training providers, and shift community perceptions around industry focused training,” Minister Cash said.

“A strong VET sector will support millions of Australians to obtain the skills they need to participate and prosper in the modern economy.”

VET Stakeholder Committee membership

Members will meet monthly through to June 2023.

Organisation Representative Position
Adult Learning Australia Ms Jenny Macaffer CEO
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ms Jenny Lambert Director, Employment Education and Training
Australian Industry Group Ms Megan Lilly Head, Workforce Development
Business Council of Australia Ms Megan Kirchner Head, Tertiary Education
Career Development Association of Australia Ms Wanda Hayes National President
Career Industry Council of Australia Mr David Carney Executive Director
Community Colleges Australia Mr Don Perlgut CEO
Council of Small Business Organisations Australia Mr Peter Strong CEO
Enterprise Registered Training Organisation Association Mr Chris Butler Assistant Director
Family Business Australia Ms Anne-Marie McNally National Product Manager
Foundation for Young Australians Mr Alex Snow Head of Research
Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia Mr Troy Williams CEO
Jobs Australia Ms Debra Cerasa CEO
KPMG Ms Sue Bussell Partner, Workplace Relations Advisory
National Apprentice Employment Network Ms Dianne Dayhew National Executive Director
National Australian Apprenticeships Association Mr Ben Bardon CEO
National Employment Services Association Ms Sally Sinclair CEO
PwC Ms Sara Caplan Partner, National Skills Lead
TAFE Directors Australia Mr Craig Robertson CEO

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