Provider reference group

The objective of the Provider reference group is to offer provider input to the NSW Skills Board so that the board delivers informed advice to the minister. In particular, the reference group advises the board on request, on the extent to which skills reform is enabling training organisations to offer responsive, high quality training that meets the needs of learners and industry.

The Provider reference group is chaired by Professor Denise Bradley AC, a member of the NSW Skills Board. Matters requiring training provider input will be referred to the reference group by the board. The Provider reference group meets when a training provider perspective is needed to inform the board’s deliberations and recommendations, to a maximum of three times a year.

The Provider reference group advises the NSW Skills Board, on request, on public, private and community training organisation perspectives and experiences in relation to:

  • the implementation of reforms to the vocational education and training system in NSW
  • training and skills development priorities to address skills shortages and skills and workforce development needs in NSW
  • ways to ensure that the Smart and Skilled Quality Framework, including assessment of provider applications, professional development and performance monitoring arrangements maximise training quality in NSW
  • factors impacting on the effectiveness of skills provision in NSW.

Members

The Provider reference group consists of up to 12 members, not including Skills Board representatives. Members represent a range of private, community and public providers, nominated by TAFE NSW, Australian Council for Private Education and Training, Community Colleges Australia and Enterprise Registered Training Organisation Association.