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The Victorian Skills Authority

The Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) is the body responsible for skills and training in Victoria. It was established by the Victorian Government in July 2021 in response to the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Review recommendations.

This review called for:

  • a solid institutional base for a more collaborative skills system
  • an evidence base to improve planning and decision-making
  • annual Victorian Skills Plan to set out Victoria’s skills needs
  • stronger on-the-ground support for local learners and businesses
  • improved professional learning for training practitioners
  • greater support for a quality TAFE network.

As an administrative office, the VSA is led by Chief Executive Officer, Craig Robertson, and supported by an Advisory Board.

The role of the VSA is to:

  • gather and analyse data
  • develop local solutions for local problems
  • help to improve the quality of training
  • identify skills needed to boost jobs and economic growth.

The VSA brings together key stakeholders of the skills sector – industry, employers, training providers, unions, communities and learners – to provide skills-led solutions, drive reform and work together to improve the outcomes for industry, communities and individuals.

The VSA is leading a new, collaborative approach to provide skills-led solutions and drive reform.  It is charged with championing the state’s skills sector, generating sector support and delivering system leadership.

The VSA works with stakeholders to set up systems that enhance the gathering and verification of data and insights from Victoria’s diverse industries for both metropolitan and regional communities.

Using that information, the Victorian Skills Authority ensures that Victorian employers and communities can find workers with the particular skills they need and that Victorians can undertake training that provides the greatest opportunity to secure employment.  The VSA uses this collaboration with key partners to develop the annual Victorian Skills Plan, a key deliverable for the VSA.

As part of a smarter approach to skills and training in Victoria, the VSA works closely with the Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery (OTCD) to help TAFEs establish course needs and priorities and meet local and state-wide training needs.