Industry Clusters grant round now open

The Australian Government is undertaking a fundamental overhaul of Australia's VET system and placing industry at the centre. Industry Clusters are being established through a 2-stage grant opportunity, with stage 1 now open until 31 March 2022 through GrantConnect.

Industry Clusters will be groups of aligned industries with a strategic leadership role to identify, forecast and respond to the current and emerging skills needs and workforce challenges of their industries. Industry Clusters will strengthen employer leadership and engagement in the national VET system and drive collaboration to meet the evolving needs of industry and employers.

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Stay informed and have your say on the National Skills Reform.

In August 2020, Australian First Ministers signed the Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform. The Agreement sets out immediate reforms to improve the vocational education and training (VET) system and an approach and priorities for developing a new National Skills Agreement to replace the current National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development.

The priorities in the Agreement are aimed at ensuring the VET system is delivering for students and employers, and equipping Australians with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

National Cabinet has tasked the Skills National Cabinet Reform Committee with delivering on the objectives of the Agreement.

Skills Reform consultations

To ensure governments hear from all stakeholders on the reforms to the VET system, there will be a range of ways and various opportunities for stakeholders to be involved in consultations and to provide input to help shape the reforms. Find out more on the Skills Reform website.

Current reforms include:

  • changes to industry engagement arrangements
  • changes to qualifications design
  • improved quality arrangements.


  • Get Involved to participate in current surveys and provide submissions
  • What we've heard for feedback and contributions from recent skills reform consultations.

Last updated 9 December 2021

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