The review demonstrates a new way of working
The review is notable because it illustrates a practical way of building in innovation and equity at the point of reform through a number of mechanisms, including:
- A new central body called FutureSkills Victoria, designed to foster a culture of collaboration and ongoing learning across the network enabled by a ‘FutureSkills Innovation Fund’.
- The creation of a number of ‘FutureSkills labs’ to spur innovation in teaching and learning in industries that will be the future of economic growth in Victoria, including digital, care and the clean economy.
- Co-designing practices with students from diverse backgrounds so that all learners can experience being in positions of power and influence, and ensuring that learners, including young people, are part of the FutureSkills Victoria board.
- Increased accountability of the system to learners through an online platform that enables students to compare – and make an informed choice – between providers.
- A focus on self-determination of curriculum by local Aboriginal groups and increasing the cultural competency across the system
- A commitment to creating cultural safe and welcoming learning environments for Koori learners across the board.
The review had three principle pillars – relevance, equity and quality – and was undertaken with the help of more than 300 stakeholders, including Victorian TAFEs, universities, private providers, students, community organisations, advocacy groups and post-secondary policy experts.