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Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework

The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework (the CSfW) describes a set of non-technical skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful participation in work. Participation in work could be as an employee, as someone who is self-employed, or as a volunteer. This set of non-technical skills, often referred to as generic or employability skills, contribute to work performance in combination with technical or discipline specific skills and core language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills. The CSfW is not a set of standards, nor an assessment tool. It is a framework for conceptualising and articulating skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin work performance over time, and for guiding further development. It is not intended to replace approaches to developing these skills that are already in place, but to provide a common underpinning that is relevant across sectors. The CSfW, as described in this document, is intended to be reviewed after a number of years of use to check whether it would benefit from adjustment or further development.

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Corporate authors: Australia. Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE)
Australia. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Employment; Performance

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Future focus: 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy

This document is the second national workforce development strategy for Australia. It builds on the work undertaken for ‘Australian workforce futures’, the inaugural strategy published in March 2010. A discussion paper, ‘Australia’s skills and workforce development needs’, was published in July 2012 as part of the consultation process in developing the 2013 strategy. The strategy provides details of how Australia can position itself for growth in the Asian century, in a competitive global environment, where technology and patterns of work are rapidly changing. The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) developed scenarios to create plausible future worlds for Australia to 2025 to underpin the 2013 strategy. These scenarios have in turn influenced economic modelling of the supply and demand for skills to 2025.

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Corporate authors: Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA)
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Policy document
Subjects: Workforce development; Skills and knowledge; Labour market;

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Technological change and employment: a report to the Prime Minister by the Australian Science and Technology Council (ASTEC)

The [Australian Science and Technology Council] ASTEC Technological Change Committee is to maintain a continuing review of the processes and trends in technological change in Australia and elsewhere, and evaluate and report on the direct and indirect effects at the national level including social, economic and technological effects. Technological changes have had and will continue to have profound effects on both the levels and the nature of employment. The present report is an exploratory overview of recently observed effects. It presents for discussion issues, views and conclusions that have been identified or formulated by a variety of commentators from different sections of the community. The report identifies several areas where government action could assist in taking maximum advantage of technological change for the economy and the workforce. These include: support for innovation; education, training and re-training; consultation with employees and unions; and women’s employment. The recommendations made relate to problems that are already on the national agenda or which, with reasonable certainty, will be there in the near future.

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Corporate authors: Australian Science and Technology Council (ASTEC)
Date: 1983
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Technology; Employment; Outcomes;

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The national co-ordination of technical and further education

A major development within educational systems in a number of western nations since the Second World War has been the establishment by governmnets of special bodies to coordinate tertiary education. In Australia, a complex system has been developed with coordinating agencies being established by governments at both state and federal levels and covering three sectors of tertiary education: universities, colleges of advanced education, and technical and further education (TAFE). While the Commonwealth government has assumed the financial responsibilities for universities and colleges of advanced education, the states still retain not only the constitutional, but also the major financial, responsibility for TAFE. This places the national coordination of TAFE in a unique position. This thesis analyses national coordinating agencies in TAFE in terms of their relationships with the Commonwealth government and groups at state and institutional levels during the period 1973-1981. The analysis led to two major conclusions: (1) that the Commonwealth government established over time a ‘structure of domination’ which ensured that the coordinating agencies’ powers and functions were undertaken in ways which were consonant with the government’s interests; and (2) that groups at state and institutional levels were, in large part, able to thwart the policy initiatives taken by coordinating agencies, and thus effectively limit their ‘exercise of authority’. These led to the following general conclusion that in the performance of their powers and functions, de jure and de facto, national coordinating agencies in TAFE required the support of two groups: those with the power of resource allocation (governments) and those with the power of implementation (groups at state and institutional levels), and that where support from either or both groups was not forthcoming, the coordinating agency was ineffective in performing these functions.

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Authors: Batrouney, Trevor
Date: 1985
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Policy; Governance;

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Review of higher education access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: final report [Behrendt review]

A review panel was established to examine how higher education outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contribute to nation building and the reduction of Indigenous disadvantage. Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage is part of the reform agenda set out in the Australian Government’s response to the Bradley Review of higher education. An opportunity was given to respond to a context paper released by the panel on 19 September 2011. Submissions were received in response. A number of research reports were also commissioned by the Australian Government. The report of the review highlights the role that higher education plays in improving health, education and economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The report found that the current participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in higher education is significantly below parity with the population as a whole. The report proposes for a future where it is unremarkable for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person to aspire to university. It also presents a vision where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander world views and perspectives are valued and contribute to Australia’s knowledge base. The report acknowledges that government can only effect change with the cooperation of universities, professional bodies and communities. It also: focuses on current approaches impacting participation and completion by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; focuses on the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in universities, particularly in academic and research roles; and recommends a lead role for the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council to lead the development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education and Research Strategy and to progress the findings of the review.

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Corporate authors: Australia. Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE)
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Series name: Review of higher education access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Subjects: Indigenous people; Higher education; Equity;

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A history of technical education in Australia: with special reference to the period before 1914

In this thesis the attempts of colonial man to adapt to his environment and to train the young worker, the artisan and the technologist are discussed. Initially education in the form of practical training was merely an aspect of charitable beliefs or intellectual presumptions. The colonies relied in the main on obtaining their needed skills from overseas. But, especially after the gold rushes, indigenous technological challenges arose to which pragmatic educational response was made. Thus the transition from the mechanics’ institutes, largely agents of ‘improving’ purpose, to the schools of mines, ostensibly dedicated to the service and advancement of colonial industry. Technical education however was retained, throughout its history in Australia, a strong ideological component. Its most effective real contribution, in the period before 1914 at least, was in the field of opening opportunity to the socially and educationally underprivileged; but the general insistence was on its immediate industrial relevance. This latter was largely an illusion, but it served to nurture the technical schools while they performed multi-functional tasks and developed as poor men’s grammar schools.

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Authors: Murray-Smith, Stephen
Date: 1966
Geographic subjects: Victoria; New South Wales; South Australia;
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Vocational education and training

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Future focus: Australia’s skills and workforce development needs: a discussion paper for the 2012 National Workforce Development Strategy

The aim of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA), building on the work of Skills Australia, is to improve long term workforce planning and development and to address skills and labour shortages and contribute to improvements in industry and workplace productivity. This discussion paper considers the skills and workforce development needs that would arise from a number of different scenarios for Australia’s future. It presents research on current issues in relation to productivity and workforce participation, examines issues in relation to future demand from industry and starts to explore policy options. The paper invites stakeholder input on these matters prior to the AWPA providing advice to government in late 2012. It forms part of a wider consultation process and is only intended to outline broad issues and seek answers to questions. Stakeholder views will contribute to the development of the 2012 National Workforce Development Strategy.

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Corporate authors: Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA)
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Policy document
Subjects: Workforce development; Policy; Management;

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National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform

The overarching objective of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform agenda is to improve the wellbeing of Australians now and into the future. The agenda is structured within National Agreements and National Partnerships, which support the objectives of the Agreements. The National Partnership Agreement on on Skills Reform aims to contribute to reform of the vocational education and training (VET) system to deliver a productive and highly skilled workforce which contributes to Australia's economic future, and to enable all working age Australians to develop the skills and qualifications needed to participate effectively in the labour market. It outlines the structural reforms and other actions designed to achieve the reform directions agreed under the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development.

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Corporate authors: Council of Australian Governments (COAG)
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Policy document
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Governance; Vocational education and training;

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Skills for all Australians: national reforms to skill more Australians and achieve a more competitive, dynamic economy

This document outlines the Commonwealth Government’s plan to reform skills training in Australia. The reforms will deliver greater access to affordable high quality training and address skill shortages across the economy. The Commonwealth has committed funding over five years to achieve the following key reforms to be negotiated with the states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG): (1) a national entitlement to training at a minimum of the first certificate III qualification so working age Australians have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to get a decent, sustainable job in Australia’s new economy; (2) wider access to student loans to reduce upfront cost barriers to study at the diploma and advanced diploma level; (3) increased availability of information about courses, costs and training provider quality through a new My Skills website so students and business can make well informed choices about their training options, linked to their own needs and the needs of the economy, and choose a high quality training provider to help them develop the skills they seek; (4) support for quality teaching and assessment, including trialling models for independent validation of training provider assessments so students and employers can have confidence in the quality and consistency of training they purchase; (5) support for a strong public training provider network through the implementation of the reforms to ensure a high quality training system is accessible to all Australians; and (6) incentives to achieve improved completion of full qualifications, particularly at higher levels and for disadvantaged students, to deliver the qualified workers that business needs and give all Australians the opportunity to develop skills and participate in the workforce.

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Corporate authors: Australian Government
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Policy document
Series name: Skills for all Australians
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Governance; Participation;

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Skills for prosperity: a roadmap for vocational education and training

This report puts forward comprehensive reforms for the way the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector is developed, organised and financed. The report draws on the experience and expertise of a broad range of stakeholders, who generously contributed their views through more than 140 submissions and through consultations attended by nearly 500 people. The recommendations are driven by two realities. First, Australia is poised for long-term prosperity through the resources boom but will be held back unless we can meet the requirement for the additional skills our economy demands and ensure those skills are well used. This will require investment. Second, stakeholders tell us that the VET sector has served the nation well and we should be rightly proud of its achievements. However VET needs to change in order to realise its greater potential and our national needs.

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Corporate authors: Skills Australia
Date: 2011
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Workforce development; Skills and knowledge;

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