Victorian Skills Authority | Adjournment

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (17:58): My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Training and Skills, Minister Gayle Tierney. The action I seek is for the minister to provide some information about the new Victorian Skills Authority. The minister made a very exciting announcement today, an investment of over $380 million for the TAFE and training system in this month’s budget, and at the heart of this announcement was a stronger collaboration with unions, industry and the government in the TAFE and training system. The new Victorian Skills Authority will mark a new era: one where all stakeholders come together to make sure we have a training system that has the best alignment to jobs, one where the very best data is used to ensure that labour market demand is met. Stakeholders have been calling for this new body for a long time, and the Macklin review recommended this new body. We are a government that listens and acts, and this announcement is a testament to that. I thank Minister Tierney for her outstanding leadership. The TAFE and training system is better for the contribution of the minister—just look at the successful free TAFE initiative. I would value the minister providing an update on how this new approach will benefit students and the Victorian economy.