• Plans are underway to introduce a National Skills Passport.
    Plans are underway to introduce a National Skills Passport.

The federal government will progress a National Skills Passport, in consultation with industry and governments, as part of efforts to help workers promote their qualifications and help businesses find more skilled workers. 

As a direct result of the Employment White Paper released last month, the government will prepare a business case to define the scope, outcomes and benefits of a National Skills Passport.

A National Skills Passport has the potential to make it easier for employees to demonstrate their skills, change jobs and upskill, while making it simpler for employers to hire new staff with the skills and qualifications they need.

This initiative forms part of our efforts to promote lifelong learning, which is a key reform direction outlined in the Employment White Paper.

A Skills Passport could combine a person’s qualifications across VET and higher education to more effectively demonstrate their skills to employers. 

The government is committing $9.1 million to support a business case and consultation to inform government decision making.  

For more and more workers in the future, their education won’t finish when they graduate school or complete their apprenticeship – they’ll need to continue to re-train, renew and re-skill.