The federal government is calling for feedback from state and territory governments, employer bodies, unions, tertiary providers and community organisations on the shape of the permanent Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) body.
The Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor MP, released a discussion paper today, saying that Jobs and Skills Australia was a key priority of the government and an important part of addressing the national skills crisis.
O’Connor said: “Seeking wide-reaching advice from our tripartite partners will strengthen the integrity of JSA and deliver greater certainty for business and industry and support opportunities for Australians, particularly those most disadvantaged.
“We need to be sure that when we’re investing billions of taxpayers’ dollars in skills training, that it is going to fill critical labour market shortages in the economy.
“That can only be done working with our partners to collect the right information to identify the skills Australians need. Great analysis and forecasting from JSA is a prerequisite to ensure we are prioritising and planning for the skills we need.”
O’Connor called on interested parties to consider the discussion paper and respond with feedback on how they want JSA to work with them in the future.
It is proposed that Jobs and Skills Australia’s initial set of functions be expanded to ensure that it can take a broad, economy-wide perspective in its advice.
Common themes that are intended to inform its proposed final form include:
O’Connor said: “We are an open, transparent and consultative Government, and I want to make sure we continue to hear from our partners, to get it right and ensure JSA’s work addresses current and future workforce needs.
“JSA will provide independent insights for government on current and emerging skills, labour market and workforce needs.
“It will act as a trusted source of evidence and analysis for all Australians about the jobs and skills required now, and in the future, to help the Australian Government improve employment opportunities and economic growth.”
Peter Dawkins AO, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Victoria University, has been appointed as the interim Director of Jobs and Skills Australia, with an additional $12.9 million made available in the October budget to help JSA more precisely identify and anticipate skills shortages, based on the best available evidence.
“On top of that, $1.9 million in funding will be used by JSA to prepare a capacity study into Australia’s clean energy workforce to provide better analysis of the skills needed to support the clean energy transition.
“JSA will also lead the development and delivery of a $12 million study on adult literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills, which will provide up-to-date evidence on the level of foundation skills among Australian adults.”
Public submissions on the Jobs and Skills Discussion Paper close on 10 February 2023.
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