The Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) was established by the Victorian Government in July 2021 in response to the recommendations of the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Review.
This review called for:
- a strong institutional base for a more collaborative skills system
- an evidence base to improve planning and decision-making
- an annual skills plan to set out Victoria’s skills needs
- stronger on-the-ground support for local learners and businesses
- improved professional learning for training practitioners
- greater support for a quality TAFE network.
To address these recommendations, the VSA will expand on the work of the Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner, with an enhanced focus on data, analysis and place-based training solutions.
In addition to the functions of the Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner, it also takes on oversight of the VET Development Centre, which promotes professional development for training practitioners, and for the Skills and Jobs Centres that support students and job-seekers.
The Victorian Skills Authority will work closely with another new entity, the Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery, within the Department of Education and Training and the Higher Education and Skills portfolio.
The Victorian Skills Authority will ensure that Victorian employers and communities can find workers with the particular skills they need—and that Victorians can undertake training that provides the greatest opportunity to secure employment.
We’re already working with stakeholders to set up systems to enhance the gathering and verification of data and insights from Victoria’s diverse industries and metro and regional communities.
We will build on this work over the coming year, and in 2022 will release our first annual Victorian Skills Plan, setting out training needs for the year ahead and beyond.
The VSA is part of a smarter approach to skills and training in Victoria, which includes the new Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery (OTCD).
The VSA will work closely with the OTCD to help TAFEs establish course needs and priorities and meet local and statewide training needs.
The VSA will also take on oversight of Skills and Job Centres, and the VET Development Centre. This will help to foster a more coordinated, integrated approach to problem-solving in relation to skills, training and employment demands.
The Victorian Skills Authority is an Administrative Office, led by a chief executive officer, and supported by an Advisory Board of key stakeholders.
Recruitment to select a CEO is now underway. An Expression of Interest for Board Members has also been issued, with positions to be filled by late 2021.
The Board and CEO will be accountable to the Minister for Training and Skills for enhancing the relevance, quality and fairness of Victoria’s vocational education and training system.
Our Advisory Board
The VSA Advisory Board will provide independent advice to the Minister and the CEO on:
- long-term strategic direction, maximising outcomes from the State’s investment in the training and skills sector and strategic input into the next phase of reforms in response to industry and community needs
- the relevance, quality and equity of the Victorian training system. This may include reviews or reports at the request of the Minister
- the development of the Victorian Skills Plan to ensure it takes into account current and future needs
- maintaining a focus on the delivery of the skills and training requirements to support government priority workforces
- the VSA’s four workstreams (data analysis and insights, statewide and local problem-solving, quality, and skills development and innovation), including strategic advice to the VSA CEO on the VSA workplan
- any other matters referred by the Minister.
In undertaking its work, the Board is expected to:
- strengthen Victoria’s skills and training sector through the development of strategic partnerships with industry and other stakeholders
- strengthen partnerships between TAFE and training, universities and higher education and Learn Local providers to enable the post-secondary sector to respond with more agility to the economy’s needs.
Members will be drawn from a range of industries and sectors, bringing experience and expertise in areas such as:
- the Victorian skills system
- business and industry from both an employer and employee perspective
- other post-secondary institutions (for example, Learn Local providers, private registered training organisations (RTOs) and universities)
- community sector organisations.
In appointing Members, the Minister will have regard to the mix of knowledge, skills and experience in:
- lived experience of the Victorian skills system
- perspective and needs of specific communities, including Aboriginal Victorians and Victorians living in regional, rural or remote areas
- stakeholder engagement or marketing and communications
- strategy and governance
- workforce development
The Minister will also have regard to ensuring a suitably diverse membership, representative of the Victorian people.
Reviewed 01 July 2021