Higher Education Taskforce

Reforming the Victorian Vocational Education and Training (VET) System

Victorian Chamber’s Higher Education Taskforce has identified opportunities to reform the Victorian Vocational Education and Training system. The Taskforce highlighted concerns that Victoria’s VET system is not providing industry with appropriately skilled employees, is overly complex and has lost the confidence of stakeholders. The recommendations contained in our report call for a new funding model which ensures courses are funded based on labour market and industry priorities. Other key recommendations include:

  • Establish a workforce training innovation fund where businesses in new and emerging industries can co-invest with government to establish training packages to meet their needs.
  • Ensure courses across all industries are funded based on labour market and industry priorities.
  • Provide fair and sustainable funding for the TAFE sector, subject to TAFEs meeting continuous improvement measures.
  • Improve training provision in rural and regional Victoria, including varied funding rates to reflect local labour market needs in different geographical areas.

The report provided the foundation for our formal submission to the 2015 Victorian Government’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) Funding Review. Explore our key recommendations in more detail by downloading the full report (PDF 985kb)

Strengthening the competitiveness of Victoria’s higher education sector

Victoria’s higher education sector is internationally recognised as delivering high quality, work-ready graduates and leading edge research. However with growing international and domestic competition, the challenge for policy makers, business and the higher education sector is to build on our strengths and maintain our competitive position.

Our Higher Education Taskforce has identified key recommendations across the following four priority areas to grow the Victorian economy by strengthening our competitive position in the domestic and international higher education sector.

  • Strengthen Victoria’s lucrative international education sector to grow the state economy.
  • Drive innovation by deepening and broadening university-industry research links.
  • Increase productivity and employability by more closely aligning graduate skills with employer needs.
  • Enhance student access, learning and employability outcomes.

Explore our key recommendations in more detail by downloading the full report (PDF 675kb)