Release type: Joint Media Release


Meeting of federal, state and territory skills ministers


The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP
Minister for Skills and Training
The Hon Sue Ellery MLC
Western Australia Education and Training Minister
The Hon Di Farmer MP
Queensland Minister for Training and Skills Development
The Hon Gayle Tierney MP
Victorian Minister for Higher Education, Training and Skills
The Hon Alister Henskens SC MP
New South Wales Minister for Skills and Training
The Hon Blair Boyer MP
South Australian Minister for Education, Training and Skills
The Hon Roger Jaensch MP
Tasmanian Minister for Education, Children and Youth
Chris Steel MLA
ACT Minister for Skills
The Hon Paul Kirby MLA
Northern Territory Minister for Business, Jobs and Training

Federal and State Skills and Training Ministers met to reset negotiations on the National Skills Agreement, and strengthen Australia’s TAFE and training sector.
Ministers agreed that cooperation on strengthening the skills sector is critical to addressing skills shortages and creating a more productive economy, and undertook to work together in a genuine partnership, and develop joint ambitions for our skills system.
All jurisdictions confront skills and labour shortages across multiple industries and workforce pressures.
According to the OECD, Australia is experiencing the second most severe labour shortage in the developed world.
Nine out of ten jobs of the future will require a vocational education and training (VET) qualification or a university degree.
The wide-ranging discussion made it clear that it is critical the Australian workforce is equipped with the right skills now and into the future.
Ministers committed to working in partnership to continue to grow the pipeline of skilled workers and prioritise skills reform through a collaborative and coordinated negotiation process.