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New South Wales Auditor-General's report : performance audit : vocational education and training reform : Department of Education and Communities / New South Wales. Audit Office

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Record Number 17173
Corporate Author New South Wales. Audit Office
Title New South Wales Auditor-General's report : performance audit : vocational education and training reform : Department of Education and Communities / New South Wales. Audit Office [ElectronicResource]
Published Sydney : Audit Office, 2015
Collation 49 p. [PDF]
General Note The first of the links at the foot of this record is to the report; the second link is to the Department of Education and Communities response.
Summary Note "Overall, we conclude that a more balanced approach, by putting more emphasis on increased contestability and student choice, is more likely to maximise the public value for the government’s investment in VET. In addition, the VET reform framework does not address the government’s longer-term goal to increase the proportion of working-aged people with post-school qualifications at Certificate level III and above by 50 per cent by 2020. New South Wales is most unlikely to reach this State Plan goal on current trends. The VET reform’s budget neutral objective, its pricing structure and the incentives for efficiency mean that it is unlikely to generate the funds needed to meet this State Plan goal. It is appropriate that the framework separates responsibility for purchasing and providing training. However, this separation is incomplete. The government continues to provide TAFE with direct non-contestable funding. The budget for this direct funding is not subject to clear purchaser oversight, nor is it clear how long it will continue or what TAFE will deliver for it. In addition, the benefits of the VET reforms depend on achieving the efficiency outcomes of the TAFE reforms. While the Department has addressed benefits management principles in its documentation, it does not have a benefits realisation plan and register to ensure that it can demonstrate which VET reform benefits have been achieved in four years’ time. The Smart and Skilled reform is a complex initiative. The Department is developing the key systems, tools and processes necessary to purchase and manage training in 2015 and to inform students’ choice of provider. The implementation of the Smart and Skilled reform and its enabling systems has been delayed and remains on a tight timetable. The Department has used suitable project management controls to ensure that the Smart and Skilled reform commenced on its revised 1 January 2015 launch date." - p. 3.
Topical Term Technical education -- New South Wales
Vocational education -- New South Wales
Finance, Public -- New South Wales -- Auditing
Internet Site https://www.audit.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/pdf-downloads/2015_Jan_Report_Vocational_Education_and_Training_Reform.pdf
See Also http://www.audit.nsw.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/355/04_Vocational_Education_and_Training_Reform_Agency_Response.pdf.aspx?Embed=Y
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