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The previous federal government’s Job Ready Graduates programme “constrain the ability of Victorian universities to address skill shortages by providing high-quality education in priority employment areas,” a state parliament committee warns

There’s a “need for the Victorian Government and universities to work together to advocate for reform at a national level using an evidence-informed approach,” the state Legislative Assembly’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee recommends in a comprehensive report into universities’ “investment in skills.”

The focus is on what Victorian universities can do for Victoria, including in work integrated learning and TAFE-uni cooperation.

“The Victorian Government assist universities, including dual-sector universities, and TAFEs to develop hybrid or dual qualifications in priority subject areas where integrated qualifications would be of practical benefit for the employability of graduates,” is one recommendation.

“The Victorian Government, through the Department of Education and Training’s Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery and the Victorian Skills Authority, take a lead role to facilitate the structured collaboration of TAFEs and universities to improve learning pathways for students,” is another.

As for the feds, “the Victorian Government fund opportunities that promote strengthened partnerships between universities and TAFEs. Such opportunities may also require consideration of Commonwealth Government funding arrangements.”

It’s a comprehensive report by and for Victorians.