The Training sector reform project

Training sector reform project

In 2013–14 an Independent Review of the Vocational Education and Training Sector in Western Australia was completed by Emeritus Professor Margaret Seares. This report made the key recommendation that the State Government give clarity around the overall design of the State’s VET delivery system.

Read the final report from the WA VET sector review

In late 2015, the Training sector reform project was undertaken to look at the function and structure of Western Australia’s public training system. Its report made a series of recommendations, including changes to the WA TAFE system to deliver new choices to students, industry and the community of Western Australia.

Read the Training sector reform project report


Changes to WA TAFE colleges

A key change resulting from the recommendations of the Training sector reform project was the streamlining of 11 state training providers to form five new TAFE colleges, which was implemented on 11 April 2016.  These five new TAFE colleges continue to manage the current 70 campus locations across Western Australia and offer VET courses and services.

As a result of the realignment the colleges are now working together and with local industries and communities to offer increased opportunities for students through collaboration and sharing of resources across regional and metropolitan colleges. Governing councils and Managing Directors are working collaboratively to streamline business processes at each of the five TAFE colleges and ensure they operate more efficiently.

If you would like know more about the changes to WA TAFEs, you can read the following.



Next steps

The Department continues to work with the TAFE colleges and private providers to progressively implement the recommendations of the Training sector reform project report. Future work will include the following.

  • A review of the funding model for the delivery of publicly funded training programs.
  • Increasing the specialisation of training delivery by metropolitan TAFE colleges to achieve best practice outcomes for students.
  • Development of a more collaborative approach to delivering training among TAFE colleges aimed at improving the student experience especially in regional and remote areas.
  • Greater management and coordination of TAFE college participation in international markets by the Department, and greater alignment with the State’s international trade priorities.
  • Greater utilisation of training infrastructure.
Page last updated February 09, 2017