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About the National Skills Commission

The National Skills Commission (NSC) is working to develop intelligence on Australia’s labour market, workforce changes and current and emerging skills needs. The NSC will drive long-term improvements across the skills system to bring together existing data and develop new capability in skills analysis, and improved data and advice on VET pricing and outcomes.  

The National Skills Commissioner Bill 2020 to establish a new statutory position — the National Skills Commissioner (the Commissioner), received royal assent on 3 September 2020. 

The Bill gives the Commissioner an advisory function, providing advice to the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business and the Secretary of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment on: 

  • Australia’s current, emerging and future workforce skills needs 
  • the performance of Australia’s system for providing VET
  • issues affecting the state of the Australian and international labour markets 
  • efficient prices for VET courses 
  • the public and private return on government investment in VET qualifications
  • opportunities to improve access, skills development and choice for regional, rural and remote Australia in relation to VET.

Currently led by the National Skills Commissioner, Adam Boyton, the NSC will become a trusted and independent authority in the skills sector. The Commissioner will work with state and territory governments, employers and other stakeholders, supported by a team from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. 

Please contact the National Skills Commission for more information.