Inclusion of People with Disability in VET

Skills for Australia is leading the development of training in the cross sector area of Inclusion of People with Disability in VET.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has endorsed the units of competency developed for the Inclusion of People with Disability in VET Cross Sector Project.

These units will be housed in the Education (TAE) and Business Services (BSB) Training Packages, and will be made available through the National VET Training Register later this year.

You can read the full Communique released by the AISC by clicking the button below.

We thank you for your contribution to this project, and look forward to collaborating again in the future.

Why skills to improve the inclusion of people with disability matter

There are 2.1 million people with a disability, of working age, in Australia, and research indicates that people with disability are significantly underrepresented in education and employment. Only around half of working age Australians with disability are in the labour force, compared to 83 per cent of those without disability. As well, students with a disability make up only 4.3 per cent of all students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) in Australia.

PwC’s Skills for Australia has been commissioned to investigate how the VET sector and industry can address poorer education and employment outcomes for people with disability, and build skills to support the inclusion of people with disability in three contexts: VET, employment and customer service.

About the Inclusion of People with Disability Cross Sector Project

The Inclusion of People with Disability in VET project is the first time government and industry have come together to explore how the development of training packages could increase the participation of people with disability in VET and the workplace. This cross sector project aims to equip vocational educators, employers and customer service providers with the skills and knowledge they need to better include people with disability in education, employment and service contexts. It is expected that this project will result in a reduction in duplication across the national VET system by developing common training components on disability-related matters that can be used across multiple industries.

Project overview

Work on the Case for Endorsement commenced in October 2017 and involved:

  • Establishment of a dedicated ‘Inclusion of People with Disability in VET’ Project Reference Group (PRG), consisting of various Industry Reference Committee (IRC) members from a diverse range of industries, subject matter experts, and people with first-hand experience of disability;
  • Extensive desktop research and environment scan to understand the what is happening both here and internationally (best and better practice), what training already exists, and the evidence base to develop cross sector training – see the ‘Environmental Scan’ report;
  • Nationwide consultations with industry and stakeholders at various stages throughout November 2017 to August 2018 with stakeholders from across a range of industries, geographies and stakeholder types to ensure input of multiple perspectives (including industry, people with disability themselves, government bodies, training providers and subject matter experts) – see the ‘Summary of Consultation Outcomes Report’;
  • Development of draft training products (6 new disability-related units of competency; and
  • Independent quality assurance, editorial and equity reviews, including multiple reviews of draft training products by the eight state/territory training authorities;
  • Development of a Case for Endorsement, prepared on behalf of the Business Services IRC (for new cross sector units housed in the Business Services Training Package) and the Education IRC (for new cross sector units housed in the Training and Education Training Package) to seek approval for the development of the new cross sector training products.

How can you get involved?

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