The training and skills sector, also known as vocational education and training (VET), gives Australians the opportunity to gain the skills they need to enter the workforce for the first time, to re-enter the workforce, to retrain for a new job, or to upgrade their skills for an existing job.
The Australian Government takes a lead role in promoting a post-school education and training system that is nationally consistent and coherent, responsive to individual, industry and community needs and recognised as providing quality outcomes. To achieve this, the Australian Government works with state and territory governments, education and training providers and industry.
Following the release of the 2014-15 Federal Budget, the Department of Industry has prepared some answers to frequently asked questions about the Australian Government’s new initiatives and the reforms taking place in the VET sector. These answers, as well as additional information on how to register your interest in upcoming initiatives such as the Industry Skills Fund, are available on the VET reform website.
Assistance for industry, business and employers
- From 1 July 2014, Business.gov.au provides a single business service point to help business owners and managers with skills and training information, including information about the Industry Skills Fund which opens on 1 January 2015.
- Information on closed programmes and funds for industry, business and employers:
Assistance for individuals
Assistance for trainers and practitioners
Awards and events
Skills recognition and international connections
Regulation, reforms and initiatives
Related agencies, committees and councils
Industry Portfolio Regulation Reform
The portfolio is committed to a regulation reform agenda as a means of unlocking productivity and competitiveness gains for industry.