Input on Skills Passport needed
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Input needed to help shape Skills Passport and improve employment opportunities

by Freya Lucas

January 17, 2024

Public consultation is now open, with the Department of Education seeking input about how a Skills Passport could help workers promote their skills and qualifications, and businesses find more skilled employees.


Scoping of a Skills Passport was announced ahead of the Employment White Paper in September 2023, with the Government believing that a Skills Passport has the potential to encourage and promote lifelong learning and support people to take the next step in their education or career.


“A Skills Passport can provide quick and easy evidence of your skills, qualities and work experience and make it easier for employers to verify your capabilities,” Minister for Education Jason Clare explained. 


A Skills Passport could also allow individuals to upload and share their skills and qualifications across higher education and vocational education and training (VET), and could connect with other relevant services, help people upskill and reskill, and make life easier for jobseekers, employees, and businesses.


“We want to make it easier for workers to move through the economy, from industry to industry, while ensuring businesses can find the employees they need to thrive,” Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor said. 


“A Skills Passport could be an important part of addressing Australia’s skills shortage, and that’s why we need your help to see how this could work.”


The consultation is an important opportunity for the public to help define the scope, outcomes and benefits of a Skills Passport. Consultation will inform the development of a business case for a Skills Passport.


Submissions are sought from individuals, businesses, unions and tertiary institutions, as well as state, territory and local governments.


More details on the consultation paper are on the Department of Education website, with submissions due by 11:59 pm Sunday, 18 February 2024.

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