Higher Education Taskforce

The importance of Victoria's higher education sector

Victoria’s higher education sector, which includes universities and private providers, is diverse, competitive and internationally recognised as delivering high quality work-ready graduates and leading edge research. The Higher Education Taskforce has drawn on the expertise of our members and key industry leaders to identify issues, opportunities and ideas that will support the continuing growth of Victoria’s world class higher education sector.

The work of the taskforce has resulted in two reports:

  1. Strengthening the competitiveness of Victoria's Higher Education Sector

  1. Reforming the Victorian Vocational Education and Training (VET) System

The 'Stengthening the competitiveness of Victoria's Higher Education Sector' report contains a number of recommendations designed to:

  • Maintain a demand driven system.
  • Increase competition and diversity among education providers and increase student choice.
  • Foster access to the higher education system.
  • Promote fee flexibility.
  • Maintain our reputation as a market leader in the provision of higher education.

The Taskforce report 'Reforming the Vocational Education and Training (VET) System makes a number of recommendations to reform the VET system to:

  • Facilitate a closer alignment of training delivery to industry skills needs and emerging employment opportunities.
  • Improve training quality and stakeholder confidence in the training system.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the public Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector to meet community service obligations.
  • Assist rural and regional communities to access affordable and effective training.