The Minister for Industry, The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP announced reforms to vocational and education training (VET) at the recent National Skills Summit in Canberra.

Welcoming the announcement, the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) commended the Federal Government and Minister Macfarlane for the review of the VET sector. AIB has a keen interest in ensuring effective operation of the VET sector to provide for the best possible outcomes for construction professionals, industry, government and consumers.

Mr Robert Hunt, AIB Chief Executive Officer observes that training should be aligned to industry needs, adding that students and industry need to have confidence that training undertaken is highly relevant to industry requirements.

Apart from establishing an advisory committee of industry representatives to make the national training system as efficient and effective as possible, an independent review of the training regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), should also be conducted to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the VET sector.

Having long called for better auditing of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and improved regulation of the sector, AIB believes the proposed reforms are a definite step in the right direction.