Glossary term: Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency

Acronym: AWPA

An independent Government agency established in July 2012 under the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Act 2008 to replace Skills Australia. It was responsible for: administering the new National Workforce Development Fund; conducting skills and workforce research; driving engagement between industry, training providers and government on workforce development, apprenticeships and VET reform; developing and monitoring sectoral skills and workforce development plans in conjunction with Industry Skills Councils and industry; providing independent advice on sectoral and regional skills needs to support workforce planning and productivity; and promoting workforce productivity by leading initiatives for the improvement of productivity, management, innovation and skills utilisation within Australian workplaces.

From 1 July 2014, AWPA's functions were transferred to the Australian Government Department of Industry.