Department of State Development

South Australian Skills Regulations and Standards Consultation - Information sessions

Consultation is starting soon on draft Regulations and Standards that will sit under the South Australian Skills Act 2008 (the SAS 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. Consultation documents will be available on YourSay from Tuesday 20 April, where you can submit your feedback.

To register for information sessions, please click on the links below:

Tuesday 27 April 8am-9am
In person session at Business SA

Thursday 29 April 11am-12pm or Tuesday 4 May 4pm-5pm
Online sessions

Monday 3 May 1:30pm-2:30pm
In person session at the Department for Innovation and Skills

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. Supporting Regulations and Standards will set out how stakeholders are engaged, in accordance with the Act.

Collectively, the SAS Act, the Regulations and 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.

T&SD 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 2021.

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

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