In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to ambitious targets for skilling Australians.

These targets included:

  • doubling the number of qualification completions at diploma and advanced diploma levels
  • halving the number of Australians aged 20 to 64 without a Certificate III qualification or higher by 2020.

To assist in achieving this, governments agreed in 2011 that there is an urgent need for reforms of the vocational education and training (VET) sector.  

On 13 April 2012, COAG signed the national partnership agreement on skills reform, which sets out the national and jurisdictionally flexible skills reforms to be achieved over the life of the national partnership agreement.

The reforms will help deliver a productive and highly skilled workforce that contributes to Australia‚Äôs economic future, and will enable all working age Australians to develop the skills and qualifications needed to participate effectively in the labour market. 

The reforms will drive employment growth across Australia and benefit the Northern Territory as the economy grows and requires more highly skilled workers.

Go to the Standing Council Federal Financial Relations website to download a copy of the NPA on skills reform and state and territory implementation plans.


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Last updated: 15 June 2017