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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Vocational Education and Training Bill passed

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Friday, June 22, 2012

    Vocational Education and Training Bill passed

    The Queensland parliament last night passed the Vocational Education and Training (Commonwealth Powers) Bill, transferring the power to regulate registered training organisations (RTOs) to the Commonwealth.

    John-Paul Langbroek, the Minister for Education, Training and Employment said this Bill would transition Queensland to a national regulatory system of Vocational Education and Training, introducing a single national VET regulator.

    “The VET Sector is a significant part of Queensland’s economy and the move to national regulation will ensure integrity and the highest quality training are provided,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “A key promise by the Newman Government was to address skill shortages in the four pillars of the Queensland economy and help drive the state’s unemployment rate down to four per cent.

    “We want to secure every hard-working Queenslander a job and make Queensland the State of opportunity once again.

    “The Newman Government is determined to strengthen our VET sector by ensuring we have a skilled and productive workforce to achieve that goal.

    “The Bill will also contribute to the Newman Government’s strategy to generate savings.

    “By referring power before 1 July 2012 the Newman Government will be able to save a total of around $3 million per year through staffing reductions by transferring departmental employees to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) under a favourable and voluntary agreement with individual staff.

    “This Bill will also reduce red tape for Queensland RTOs by ensuring there is only one regulator, the national regulator, ASQA,” Mr Langbroek said.

    [ENDS] 21 June 2012

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