On 7 December 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed a new Green Skills Agreement that will enable individuals and businesses to contribute to a sustainable, low-carbon economy in their workplaces and communities.
The Agreement commits the Australian and state and territory governments to working with training organisations and business to ensure skills for sustainability are an integral part of all vocational education and training (VET) and are relevant to the needs of industry.
This commitment will be achieved by:
- embedding skills for sustainability practice and teaching in vocational education and training, within the requirements of the national regulatory framework
- the upskilling of VET instructors and teachers to deliver skills for sustainability
- the strategic review of Training Packages to embed sustainability knowledge, skills and principles
- implementing a transition strategy to re-skill vulnerable workers.
Development of the Agreement was a collaborative effort between the Australian Government and state and territory governments, working with key business, training and community organisations, and experts in sustainability.
An Implementation Group has been established, to which Universities Australia provides a nominee:
|DEEWR Green Skills Agreement Implementation Group - Members|
|Professor Geoff Scott||Pro Vice-Chancellor - Quality||University of Western Sydney|