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Qualification Reform

Service and Creative Skills Australia (SaCSA) are supporting industry and workplace trainees through road testing a proposed approach to Vocational Education and Training qualification system.


In response to the initial advice delivered to the Skills Minister from the Qualification Reform Design Group, SaCSA will road-test a new Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications system that move away from the current ‘one size fits all’ approach, to designing qualifications based on their purposes in order to respond to changing workplaces and industries.

SaCSA is undertaking two projects within the Qualification Reform:

  1. Purpose Categorisation Activity
  2. Shaping Service Skills: A Skills Pathways and Qualifications Reform Project.

Project Details

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The project has the following primary objectives:

  • To test a new approach to training and education for the purpose of qualification reform
  • To develop a framework that aligns to the case for change, outlined in the Unlocking the Potential of VET report.
  • To identify opportunities for development of a new education and training system that aligns directly to industry for the benefit of learners/workers.

Purpose Categorisation Activity 

SaCSA conducted an initial review of qualifications within their remit and have identified 54 qualifications that align to the Qualification Selection within the Qualification Reform guidance for Jobs and Skills Council including:

  • Qualification selected should relate to a particular industry sector or have sufficient connections, either through qualification flows or training and employment outcomes, to allow for an analysis of shared skills, knowledge, and pathways.
  • Representing an appropriate level of breadth and scope to allow meaningful assessment of the proposed model.
  • Selecting qualifications where there are existing issues or areas for improvement.
  • Focusing on qualifications and units of competency that have not had enrolments over consecutive years, and those with no RTO delivery partners.
  • Categorising qualifications into one of three (3) purposes.

Shaping Service Skills: A Skills Pathways and Qualifications Reform Project

Based on guidance from the Minister for Skills and Training, SaCSA is proposing to develop and test a purpose-led design of qualifications using the action-learning methodology that was proposed by the tripartite Qualification Reform Design Group (Design Group). This training product demonstration project will test a new approach to VET qualification design, which may also include changes to the Training Package Organising Framework (TPOF).

There are three ways you can become involved with this project.

  1. Contact us regarding our projects using the Contact us form.
  2. By registering to “Become a collaborator” you will be provided with regular updates on the project and there will be opportunities to provide feedback. If you would like to stay abreast of the project and contribute to the consultation, please complete the Become a Collaborator form
  3. As required by the TPP DEPP, we will be establishing a Technical Committee for this project. Visit our Technical Committee page to learn more, or submit an expression of interest to join a Technical Committee. 
SaCSA’s consultation strategy is in line with the TPP DEPP requirements and structure.

SaCSA will engage with a range of stakeholders throughout the project, including:

  • Strategic Workforce Advisory Groups (SWAGS)
  • Technical Committee
  • Employers
  • Peak bodies and/or Associations
  • Unions
  • Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments
  • Registered Training Organisation
  • Educational experts
  • Other Jobs and Skills Councils, as required


Through industry consultation, SaCSA has identified multiple challenges within the VET Training Package design framework (qualifications, skill sets and units of competency). 

Stakeholders indicated dissatisfaction with the breadth, depth and currency of knowledge and skills of VET graduates. In addition, RTOs and learners noted that qualifications, skill sets and units of competency were too prescriptive and did not allow for sufficient flexibility of delivery to meet the current and future needs of industry or provide tailored individual career pathway opportunities. 

Purpose Categorisation Activity

SaCSA has commenced the initial work as outlined in the report by undertaking a Purpose Categorisation Activity where an appropriate group of related qualification are categorised into one of the three purposes above.  

Shaping Service Skills: A Skills Pathways and Qualifications Reform Project

SaCSA is proposing to take the lead in developing and testing a new qualification model that will enable individuals to think differently about life-long education and training, and provide flexible pathways to support career progression. Working from the seven Qualification Development Quality Principles, SaCSA has commenced developing a high-level skills pathway framework that empowers individuals to create their own educational pathway to achieve their personal and professional career goals and aspirations.

In addition, SaCSA will test this model against both Purpose 2 (qualifications to prepare learners for multiple occupations within an industry) and Purpose 3 (qualifications that develop cross-sectoral or foundation skills and knowledge which may be applied across industries or lead to tertiary education and training pathways).

These two projects will enable SACSA to provide important insights into the application of the purposes in a real-world context and test whether the Quality Principles can be effectively applied within the three-purpose model. The learnings from these two projects will assist the Design Groups final advice to Skills Ministers in November 2024.


Project approved for commencement: May 2024. 

Timeline: May 2024

SaCSA will commence an audit and review to identify purpose categorisation. In addition, SaCSA will commence consultation with industry and stakeholders to develop understanding of context and historical changes around the units of competency and inform the next steps of the project.

Timeline: June 2024

SaCSA will collate the information gathered during this activity to inform the preliminary report submission to the Design Group, DEWR and the Qualification Reform team.

Timeline: June to September 2024

SaCSA will conduct further consultation with broader industry stakeholders to continue discussions on purpose categorisation and to investigate low to no enrolments within training packages.

During this stage, if it is non-contentious to do so, superseded units will be listed for replacement with their current version

Timeline: September 2024

SaCSA will collate the information gathered during this activity to inform the final report submission to the Design Group, DEWR and the Qualification Reform team.

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Click on the relevant section below to learn more about consultation for this project.

SaCSA will send notification to Senior Responsible Officers, the Assurance Body and other JSCs that a consultation strategy and details of the technical committee, including membership and terms of reference, have been published on the SaCSA website.

Ongoing project notifications and updates will be made on this current page of the SaCSA website.

A Technical Committee will be established for this project that includes subject matter experts in their specialised fields, educational experts, state and territory representatives with relevant expertise and training organisations.

To learn more, or submit an expression of interest to join this project’s Technical Committee, visit our Technical Committee page.

There will be opportunity for public and government consultation as part of our national and inclusive process, enabling contributions from key users of the training product being reviewed.

SaCSA will release the draft training product for public consultation including a detailed summary of the changes made and why; draft product for review, including mapping information and draft companion volume implementation guide.

A minimum of four weeks of consultation will occur for this project, ensuring reasonable time is taken for consultation, allowing considered feedback and addressing conflicting views (if required). Consultation may occur through written feedback, attendance at webinars, round tables and phone calls.

Consultation logs will be kept throughout the training product development review process including a high-level summary of all feedback received, and will be published on the SaCSA website.

The Technical Committee will provide feedback and advice throughout the training product development process and final draft of the training products including a statement to form as part of the final submission to the SWAG and CEO of SaCSA.

If additional consultation is required, SaCSA will undertake further consultation with stakeholders to determine revisions and incorporate further feedback.

SaCSA will engage with a representative of the Design Group during the project to receive ongoing feedback and support to deliver two reports with findings from Work Stream 1 and Work Stream 2 including:

  1. Progress report by mid-June 2024
  2. Final report by mid-September 2024


These reports will outline the outcomes from each Work Stream, including areas for further development as well as address the four key policy questions as outlined in the guidance document to be used to inform final advice to the Skills Ministers in November 2024.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about the Qualification Reform Project, or would like to provide input or feedback, please get in touch with us.