The NSW Government released the Interim NSW VET Review into the State’s vocational education and training sector late in March. A key election commitment of the NSW Government, the interim report makes seven recommendations for rebuilding TAFE NSW and strengthening the wider vocational training sector.

Chaired by Dr Michele Bruniges AM, with the valuable support of Professor Verity Firth AM and Jason Ardler PSM, the Panel conducted an extensive consultation process over four months seeking input from Registered Training Organisations, teachers, students, government agencies, peak bodies, industry representatives, local businesses, councils, and universities.

The interim report contains seven recommendations that generally relate to TAFE NSW:

  • Development of a TAFE NSW Charter,
  • Revise TAFE NSW’s operating model to better align with industry needs, to prioritise local, regional and community engagement and to enhance support for teachers,
  • TAFE NSW to work towards self-accreditation across selected and agreed qualifications,
  • Review funding arrangements including removing TAFE NSW from the contestable funding market,
  • Review governance arrangements for the TAFE Commission Advisory Board, the NSW Skills Board and industry training advisory bodies,
  • Expand the government VET teaching workforce and convert roles to permanent, and
  • Audit public VET assets including TAFE NSW and government schools.

The Panel is expected to submit its final report to the government by the middle of 2024 when the NSW Government will consider all recommendations in full.

Read the report