At the outset, we would like to point out that the sector is suffering from reform fatigue. The 2012 Standards for Training Packages are still in the process of being implemented and the Discussion Paper clearly states that “there is general agreement that they will assist in improving training outcomes” however, based on the signals emerging from the VET Reform Taskforce, Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) will not be given the opportunity to complete this important transition.

HSU National has serious concerns that these constant, abortive attempts at reform are further disengaging industry from the VET system. It is our view that all ISCs be given the opportunity to meet the original deadline of 31 December 2015 to transition training packages to the 2012 Standards for Training Packages prior to any further major reform of either training packages or ISCs. Finally, the Government must not simply pay lip service to its claim that this review is “focused on the needs of individuals and employers” and ensure that any changes to the system architecture do not favour employers at the expense of students and workers.