Objective 3.1

Domestic workforce meets the needs of industry

Action 3.1A

The Government will incentivise Australia’s education and training system to deliver job-ready graduates in the disciplines and regions they are needed most, including the needs of services exporters.

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Government response
Related Action/s

Government should incentivise Australian universities to develop a new approach to ensure courses are directly relevant to the needs of Australian society and the economy, including services exports.


Support employers to provide career pathways, training, apprenticeships and internships to attract students to careers in areas of identified skills need, including export-oriented services sectors.


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Progress to date

On 19 June 2020, the Government announced its Job-Ready Graduates package, which will deliver more job-ready graduates in the disciplines and regions where they are needed most. This package includes measures to improve tertiary education outcomes for regional and remote Australia.

On 9 December 2019 the Australian Government accepted all recommendations of the Australian Qualifications Framework Review in relation to higher education. The Government also accepted the aims of the recommendations of the review regarding vocational education and training, contingent on further discussions with state and territory governments and is currently working with the states and territories to make decisions on implementation.

JobMaker is the Government’s plan to return Australians to work and support economic recovery and future growth. The vocational education and training (VET) system will help drive Australia’s economic recovery by giving people the skills for jobs that are in demand.

Key VET initiatives under the JobMaker plan, include:

  • $2.8 billion Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy, to keep apprentices and trainees in jobs
  • an additional $1.2 billion for the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements measure to support up to 100,000 new apprentices and trainees
  • $1 billion JobTrainer Fund, in partnership with the states and territories; and
  • Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform, agreed with the states and territories.

The Government has committed $500 million in 2020-21 to the new JobTrainer Fund, to be matched by states and territories. The Fund will deliver up to 340,000 additional free or low fee training places for job seekers and young people, including school leavers, in areas of identified skills need.

The Australian Government and all State and Territory Governments have signed the Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform, which sets out immediate reforms to improve the vocational education and training sector as well as an approach and priorities for developing a new National Skills Agreement (to replace the National Agreement on Skills and Workforce Development) by August 2021. The priorities in the Heads of Agreement aim to ensure that Australians can access high quality and relevant training and businesses can get the skilled workers they need, to take on jobs that emerge through the next decade and beyond.