Inquiry into provisions of the Skilling Australia's Workforce Bill
This states grants bill was referred to the committee on 15 June. It
provides $4.4 billion in 2005-08, to states and territories for vocational
education and training.
The legislation is intended to underpin the Government's new National
Training Arrangements, the programs which will take the place of the now
disbanded ANTA arrangement between the Commonwealth and the states.
An essential feature of the bill is the linking of funds with
conditions imposed on the states and territories to implement Commonwealth
policy in regard to choice of employers and new apprentices, industrial
relations changes in TAFE colleges, increased emphasis on competency-based
training, and a requirement that private VET institutions have access to
TAFE colleges and facilities.
The committee invites submissions from interested parties and are due
by 22 July 2005. The report is listed to be tabled on or before 18 August
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