Our Journey

The creation of the National Skills Commission (NSC) was one of the key recommendations from the review conducted by the Honourable Steven Joyce, Strengthening Skills: Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System (the Joyce review), completed in 2019. The Government committed to the establishment of the NSC in the 2019-20 Budget as part of the Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow Skills Package.


To inform the design of the NSC, the Australian Government undertook a comprehensive co-design process in late 2019. A discussion paper calling for submissions was published and 59 submissions were received. To complement the discussion paper, over 500 people participated in one of the 13 workshops and two small business roundtables across Australia. 

A public report summarising the feedback from the consultations titled This is what we heard is available for download.

Building a better Vocational Education and Training System

The NSC will work with policy makers, influencers, educators and students in the vocational education and training (VET) sector to provide clear advice on pricing and emerging skills needs.

Australia’s capacity to grow, compete and thrive in a global economy has become more dependent on employers and all individuals, regardless of background or circumstance, being able to access and use the right skills at the right time.

A strong VET sector is critical to our economy and to helping prepare Australians for the workforce opportunities of today and the future.