"Today's COAG meeting reached an important agreement that ramps up the effort in tackling endemic skill shortages and forges overdue reforms to our national training system," Ai Group Chief Executive Designate Innes Willox said today.

"The Commonwealth, States and Territories are to be congratulated for putting aside their differences to sign the agreement in order to achieve essential reforms that will underpin the development of Australia's current and future skilled workforce.

The agreement today includes:

"Industry will need to be involved with all levels of government to advance and shape these reforms ensuring the required quality improvement measures deliver the outcomes sought by both industry and individuals," Mr Willox said.

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