Queensland Ministerial Industry Commission Roundtable

So I am spending the day today at the Queensland Government Ministerial Industry Commission roundtable to discuss the draft of the Annual Skills Priority Report for 2013-14 for Queensland developed by Deloitte Access Economics.

It should be an interesting day and I will be updating this post as we go through the day with any interesting facts and discussion points as we go through the day.

Currently listening to Michael Roche the Deputy Chair of the Commission speak.

There is need to better link the industry and the outcomes of VET training to better target the public training dollar.

There needs to be a much higher level of flexibility in the delivery of government funded training in order to allow industry to be able to take advantage of innovation and changes in the economy.


Now it is time to hear from the people at Deloitte about their draft report.

Key Factors driving skill need in QLD

Demographic Change
Change of Consumer spending to be ore focussed on services
Productivity through technology and digital disruption
The Changing face of the mining boom
Development within interest rate sensitive sectors
lower Australian dollar

Demographic changes would be expected to show up in and increased demand for health and aged care services.

Housing construction should grow over the next three years while at the same time seeing a slow down in engineering construction.

This should see a 2.5% per year employment growth over the next 3 years.

It is expected that the big growth areas will be Managers, Professionals and Community and Personal Service Workers with growth in these areas expected to be will above the expected state employment growth averages.

There is an expected significant decrease in growth in the Cert i/ii qualification areas which I don’t think is a surprise to anyone. There is however strong growth in the cert iii/iv areas and solid growth expected in the Diploma/Adv Diploma level. There will be an overall increase in the number of VET qualifications held by Queenslanders from about 1.4 million to about 1.8 million.

key points of the report

Electrical trades are growing as there is need for these skills over a range of industry sectors
Generic business skills that are not necessarily business specific Ability to access skill sets to meet needs rather than full qualification.
A key challenge is for RTO and policy makers to be able to stay abreast of changes within various industry in order to be able to meet the industry needs
There is a narrowing of the number of RTO’s within forestry and agriculture
Technological advances are changing rapidly how training needs to be delivered
Low level of faith in a range of qualifications within the Health and Community services area
The skill needs within the Health and community Services sector is moving towards skills sets rather than full qualificiations


About pauldrasmussen
Paul Rasmussen is one of Australia’s most widely read Vocational Education and Training Commentators. He provides deep, unbiased analysis and insights not only on topical issues, but also on the underlying structure and policy which supports the industry. His writing and analysis has been praised for its uncompromising and thought provoking style and its ability to focus on the issues of real importance to the sector. He has advised various government departments and ministers, training providers, public and private organisations, not for profits and small to medium enterprises on the VET sector and the issues and opportunities facing it. He is one of Australia’s most awarded learning professionals and a regular speaker at a range of conventions and forums. His extensive experience in vocational education, and learning and development coupled with formal qualifications in philosophy, ethics, business and education management allow Paul to provide a unique view of the road ahead and how to navigate it.

One Response to Queensland Ministerial Industry Commission Roundtable

  1. Kerry Whitaker says:

    Looking forward to your views and comments – should be an interesting day

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