The Essential Services Commission completed the first stage of the review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) fee and funding model in 2011. In their report, VET Fee and Funding Review, the Commission made 43 recommendations on how to further the reforms of the Victorian vocational education and training system. The review was established to examine the extent to which current VET fee and funding arrangements contribute to producing the skills needed by the Victorian economy. This included examining the effectiveness and efficiency of government fee and funding mechanisms.
An expert panel was appointed to conduct public feedback sessions on the Commission's recommendations and provide advice on the outcomes of these sessions to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills in November.
There were six public feedback sessions held around the state from 24 October to 4 November 2011 and there was also the opportunity to provide written feedback via an online survey. Transcripts from all sessions and the Expert Panel's report, The public response to the Essential Services Commission's VET Fee and Funding Review Report and Recommendation are available.
The Government is making changes to VET fees and funding which respond to the recommendations of these reviews. For more information about these changes see VET Fee and Funding Review