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Our Policy Direction for Skills in South Australia

Our Policy Direction for Skills in South Australia sets out a clear response to immediate skills needs and signals how we will support South Australians to engage in education and training and transition into secure, well-paid jobs.

South Australia has partnered with the Australian Government through the National Skills Agreement (NSA) which will provide a $2.29 billion investment in skills for South Australians. This investment will address the challenges identified and deliver the reforms outlined in the policy.

Our vision and ambition for South Australia

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An economy that is smart, sustainable, and inclusive

The vision of this policy direction is to develop highly adaptable skilled people that contribute to a thriving South Australia and are supported by a connected skills system.

Reform, strong partnerships and shared responsibilities will be fundamental to achieving this vision. All VET stakeholders play a role in improving completion rates and learner outcomes to address skills shortages and ensure value from public investment.

Skilled. Thriving. Connected.will drive changes for learners, providers and industry through:

  • a stronger focus on learner wellbeing and completions, rather than only focusing solely on commencements, ensuring we can support more people to gain secure, well-paid jobs;
  • moving to a managed training system with greater government direction on investment in courses aligned to need;
  • establishing TAFE SA at the centre of the skills system to support delivery of government priorities and ensure all South Australians have access to a high quality, accessible, and inclusive public provider;
  • a greater emphasis on ensuring the quality and integrity of training providers and employers;
  • requiring employers, unions, and industry to actively engage and be embedded in the training system.

Priorities of our Direction for Skills in South Australia

Skills Policy areas of focus

Skilled people

Learners make informed choices, progress skills development, gain meaningful work and can access tailored supports.

Thriving South Australia

Employers and industry actively engage and partner to build an adaptable workforce, informed by need and evidence.

Connected skills system

Learners access quality training providers, improve training delivery through flexible and responsive models that meet skills needs.

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