NSW Auditor-General says Courses Should be Pruned from Subsidised Skills List

Published: 30 July 2018

The NSW Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford, has recommended changes to the state government’s ‘Smart and Skilled’ program to better match training subsidies to priority skills needs.

The Auditor-General’s report, tabled in state parliament, says that the Department of Industry does not have a robust process to remove qualifications from the NSW Skills List, which is intended to subsidise only high priority skills.

“Since the NSW Skills List was established, new additions to the list have outnumbered those removed by five to one,” the report says.

The report also calls for greater certainty for training providers funded under the program.

“While the Department has recently made improvements to its Smart and Skilled training provider contracts, these contracts only run for one year, offering providers little funding certainty,” the report says.

See the NSW Auditor-General’s report, ‘Matching skills training with market needs’.