Productivity Commission National Agreement For Skills And Workforce Development

11 04 2021

This revision will complement the government`s implementation of the Capabilities for Today and Tomorrow package announced in the 2019-20 budget. The $585 million budget package will give Australians the right skills to find a job and pursue a career – now and in the future, wherever they live. The Morrison government is committed to strengthening the vocational training sector so that all Australians have the skills they need to succeed in a changing workplace and that businesses have a pipeline of skilled labour to grow and prosper. This study was commissioned as one of several revisions to national agreements under the intergovernmental agreement on financial relations of the Confederation (COAG 2009). The National Agreement for skills and labour development (NASWD) was approved in 2009 by the governments of Australia, the state and territory and updated in 2012. NASWD sets targets for the skills Australians achieve through the Vocational Training System (VET) and reform commitments to ensure that the system is accessible, generates quality services and works effectively. The NASWD contains indicators and performance targets to track progress. To improve accountability, the Agreement should clarify the roles and responsibilities of governments. Together, these commitments should create an effective partnership between governments in defining and monitoring the provision of vocational training services. This study assesses the progress made by governments in the fight against THE NASD and assesses whether the agreement remains an effective long-term framework for government policy and cooperation.

“The vocational training sector has been affected by COVID-19 and will be part of the recovery strategy. A better vocational training sector will help people acquire new skills and find jobs, which will ultimately increase productivity and wages,” said Commissioner Jonathan Coppel. This study was commissioned as one of several revisions to national agreements under the intergovernmental agreement on financial relations of the Confederation (COAG 2009). The National Agreement for skills and labour development (NASWD) was approved in 2009 by the governments of Australia, the state and territory and updated in 2012. The NASWD sets targets for the skills australians achieve through the Vocational Training System (VET) and reform commitments to ensure that the system is accessible, generates quality services and…


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