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Industry Clusters (Stage 1) – Strengthening Australia's National Vocational Education and Training System

ClosedGrant Closed: 31st of March 2022 - 11:30 pm Value: Up to $750,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=b4bbac70-2d21-4e90-b406-bf3dc6fb80e6&keyword=GO5308

Under the Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform, the Commonwealth, States and Territories are working together to ensure a strong national training system supports Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and equips individual Australians and the Australian workforce with the skills needed for current, emerging and future jobs, opportunities and challenges.  This includes ongoing reforms to strengthen VET qualifications and the quality of training.

As a priority reform, work to improve industry engagement has been informed by the successes and lessons of past arrangements and more flexible, responsive approaches adopted during COVID-19. It aims to increase engagement by industry. It also reflects the clear need to empower industry to undertake more strategic, innovative activities. Industry engagement reforms will also clarify roles, responsibilities and accountabilities in VET.

Industry Clusters will operate within the national training system under the policies and standards set by Skills Ministers and will be accountable for the delivery of high-quality training products that address the skills needs of both employers and learners. Training products developed by Industry Clusters will be independently assured before final endorsement by Ministers through an independent assurance function and will be a key measure for Industry Cluster performance. The new training product assurance body will also build the capability of Industry Clusters to drive continuous improvement in training product development.

The Australian Government has established the Program to help identify and address skills needs. By funding the establishment, operations and activities of a national network of industry-owned and industry-led organisations, known as Industry Clusters, the Program will broaden and strengthen industry’s vital role at the centre of workforce and skills development.

Industry Clusters will be established by industry. They will bring together industry leaders to look forward, drive performance and improve outcomes across and beyond the training system. Industry Clusters will draw on and complement the activities of other established Industry Clusters, the National Skills Commission and the National Careers Institute.

Whereas current arrangements have focused narrowly on the development of training products, this is a unique opportunity for Industry Clusters to affirm and expand industry leadership in VET, while ensuring all employers have greater engagement in, and access to, the training system.

Industry Clusters will undertake a broad range of functions across the training system, including:

  • Workforce planning
  • Training product development
  • Implementation, promotion and monitoring
  • Industry stewardship


Last Updated: 2nd of January 2022
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