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Providing the framework for skills development and training delivery

Consultation was held in April/ May on draft Regulations and Standards that will sit under the South Australian Skills Act, coming into operation on 1 July this year. These draft Regulations and Standards will replace current Training and Skills Development Regulations 2008 as well as the Training and Skills Commission Guidelines. The new Regulations will outline what the new South Australian Skills Commission will do.

A series of information sessions were held as well as consultation on YourSAy and these have now concluded.

Background

Reforms have been underway in South Australia to develop a more responsive, flexible training system, that is easy to navigate and geared towards workforce needs.

This involved a review of the Training and Skills Development Act (T&SD Act) 2008, the legislation which governs apprenticeships and traineeships in South Australia. That led to the Training and Skills Development (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, being passed through Parliament in late 2020.

The SAS Act, which will amend the T&SD Act, is expected to come into operation on 1 July 2021.

Collectively, the SAS Act, the Regulations Standards will provide a contemporary framework for skills and workforce development.

Stakeholder consultation on the draft Regulations and Standards will test if they provide an effective framework to implement the Act.

Training & Skills Development Act Review

The review of the T&SD Act responded to key recommendations from the Training and Skills Commission’s Skills for Future Jobs 2020 Series: Future-proofing the Apprenticeship and Traineeship System report.

Overall the reforms are delivering a more responsive, flexible training system by:

  • establishing the South Australian Skills Commission – in line with the national emphasis on skills to support economic recovery
  • establishing a South Australian Skills Commissioner – building on the success of the Industry Skills Councils
  • expanding the scope of trades and declared vocations
  • streamlining employer registration, including ability to declare an employer a prohibited employer
  • introducing a fee for employers on transfer of a trainee or apprentice
  • balancing obligations on parties to an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • recognising other trade training.

SA Skills Commissioner

The Training and Skills Development (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2020 establishes a South Australian Skills Commissioner and South Australian Skills Commission and is expected to come into effect on 1 July 2020.

Ms Renee Hindmarsh has been appointed the inaugural South Australian Skills Commissioner and has responsibility for leading the new South Australian Skills Commission. In the interim, Ms Hindmarsh will become Chair, and a member, of the Training and Skills Commission (TaSC).

Ms Hindmarsh has an extensive background in senior executive and advisory positions across the education and public sectors including her previous role as the state’s Training Advocate and as the Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities.

Previous consultation outcomes

Consultation on the Amendment Bill commenced on 2 July 2020 and concluded on 20 August 2020.

A Consultation Outcomes Report which summarises the input received from stakeholders is now available.

Issues papers

For background information about the previous consultation, read the issues papers.

Contact

For more information about this consultation