The Victorian Skills Plan is a key document for the Victorian Skills Authority.
The plan will set out training needs both for local communities and industries, for the year ahead and beyond. This will include a focus on the state’s areas of economic growth.
The Victorian Skills Plan will help decision-makers understand broad workforce trends, challenges and opportunities.
All 10 Industry Advisory Groups (IAGs) will continue within the Victorian Skills Authority. They play an important role in providing advice to Government and will help inform the Victorian Skills Plan.
The first Victorian Skills Plan is due to be released in 2022.
Regional Skills Plans
The purpose of Regional Skills Plans are to help outline the skills needs and challenges of local industries. This includes a focus on the economic potential of a particular region.
The following Regional Skills Plans were produced by the former office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner. (The Commissioner’s term concluded in June 2021. The office’s staff and program of work then transferred to the Victorian Skills Authority.)
The Great South Coast Regional Skills Demand Profile is an outcome of the Regional Skills Taskforce – Great South Coast Region. The Taskforce aimed to better understand local skills shortages, where local investment was being made, and existing and anticipated skills and training needs.
The Profile describes a highly diverse economy. Agriculture accounts for 16.1% of annual real gross value added and is a major driver of the region’s economy. Strong local and international demand has also led to major growth in food manufacturing, forestry and aluminium production industries. Similarly, the Great South Coast’s unique location is a geographic competitive advantage in aquaculture, wind generation and tourism.
The Mallee Regional Skills Demand Profile is an outcome of the Regional Skills Taskforce – Mallee Region. The Taskforce aimed to better understand local skills shortages, where local investment was being made, and existing and anticipated skills and training needs.
The Profile notes that the Mallee region’s ageing workforce will increase the need for workers to replace those retiring. This, combined with significant planned investments in the horticulture industry locally, will drive demand for skilled workers. The Profile finds skills challenges and opportunities across the horticultural, manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, construction, transport, retail trade, and health care sectors in the Mallee region. It underlines the need to ensure skills training is aligned to industry demands, while warning that without continued growth in the workforce, economic progress in the region could stall.
The South East Melbourne Region of metropolitan Melbourne is growing rapidly. A supply of highly skilled local workers is critical to underpin this growth. The links between training and industry needs must be improved to address both current and emerging skills shortages.
Industry leaders across the region have identified common opportunities, as well as opportunities specific to industry groups. This Snapshot outlines an understanding of industries, their skills needs and challenges for the region, and where the focus is required to ensure the economic potential of the region is realised.
Reviewed 01 July 2021