Queensland VET Investment Plan 2015-16

Well Minister Yvette D’Ath and the team at DET in Queensland have released the Queensland VET investment Plan for 2015-16 on Friday.  And I have to say that the Minister has delivered on everything that she promised.  This is particularly delightful given the recent debacle which occurred in South Australia

Firstly the current PQS RTOs have had their contracts renewed until 30 June 2016, which provides some, certainty and stability in the market place that had been missing over the last few months.

So what has the government and what does the plan look like.  As with previous years the majority of funding is in the form of demand driven arrangements, the key points are as follows;

  • a network of quality registered training organisations (RTOs) pre-approved by DET (pre-qualified suppliers) to deliver eligible training and assessment services.
  • choice for individuals and employers to select the qualification, and the pre-qualified supplier, that best meets their needs in terms of delivery strategy, value for money, and potential for securing employment
  • published subsidy levels for all subsidised qualifications or skill sets reflecting the level of government contribution toward the cost of training, influenced by priority and relative cost to deliver
  • co-contribution to the cost of training by individuals, employers and/or industry.

This demand driven funding is backed up by programs such as Skilling Queenslanders for work and direct allocations of funds to the public provider TAFE.  This is all very much in line with what the government and the Minister have been discussing over the last couple of months.

However talking about the model for delivery is very different from funding that model, so to coin a phrase, ‘Show me the money’ and to be completely fair the government has in my opinion stepped up.  There is a total increase in VET investment from $615-754 Million, with and extra $50 million going into the contestable demand driven Certificate III guarantee program.  With $20 Million extra to User Choice and $5 million more to both higher skills and public provider grants alongside the $60 million Skilling Queenslanders package, we are seeing a substantial and well-rounded program of investment from the QLD government, with importantly I think for everyone no surprises.

The only thing I would point to as a slight disappointment is the eligibility problem that I have spoken about before, but given the thrust of the program and the underlying principles are primarily about those who are unemployed or under employed, I can understand it and live with it.

So all in all congratulations against the Minister and the Department for a sensible, well funding, VET investment program.  Well Done.

 

 

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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.

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