National skills agreement on track for June deadline

A new National Skills Agreement between the Commonwealth, states and territories is still on track to be finalised by the revised deadline of June.

Last week’s Senate Estimates committee heard that states and territories have been provided with draft ‘efficient’ prices for VET courses that have been developed by the National Skills Commission, and that negotiations over the prices are continuing.

A new NSA was originally due to be finalised by August last year but was extended following a request from states and territories for more time.

The Deputy Secretary with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment Nadine Williams said that the Commonwealth’s position is that fees for students should not increase under the new NSA, but that there should be a greater consistency in prices across the country.

“This is a big agreement, it’s important and sets the future direction for the skills system going forward, and ministers collectively came to the view that they needed more time to work through the details and to get it right,” Ms Williams said.