Industry is being invited to take part in the overhaul of Australia’s vocational education and training system. The federal government is seeking proposals to establish and subsequently operate Industry Clusters which will replace the current industry engagement arrangement by 2023. Clusters will be grouped by aligned industries with a strategic leadership role to identify, forecast and respond to the current and emerging skills needs and workforce challenges of industry.
Industry Clusters will be established through a two-stage grant opportunity approach to market. The first stage will involve an open competitive process seeking proposals to establish and subsequently operate an Industry Cluster. Interested organisations are being invited to develop their applications by 31 March 2022.
Stage two will open mid 2022 and will involve a closed non-competitive process to enable the newly established clusters to put forward detailed proposals to deliver on their full functions.