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New Skills Commission marks new training era for South Australia

Skills and training
5 Jul. 2021

Major reforms to South Australia’s skills system, to be led by the South Australian Skills Commission, came into effect on 1 July 2021.

The key changes, outlined in the new Skills Regulations and Standards established under the South Australian Skills Act (SAS Act), include:

  • A streamlined employer registration process and simpler training contract process
  • New requirements for supervising trainees and apprentices
  • Greater flexibility to recognise other forms of training to respond to industry need
  • A transfer fee for employers, to recognise the investment businesses make in training an apprentice or trainees
  • Greater powers for the Commission, with regard to dispute resolution

The Commission will continue to have responsibility for regulating the traineeship and apprenticeship system and for providing independent monitoring and oversight of the training system in South Australia.

It will also have a strong focus on industry engagement, including the management of the Industry Skills Councils.

The South Australian Skills Commission – led by inaugural Skills Commissioner Renee Hindmarsh - brings together important functions delivered by the Office of the Training Advocate and the Training and Skills Commission, which will no longer operate.