Chair of the Review – Jenny Macklin

In November 2019, Jenny Macklin was appointed by the Minister for Training and Skills to Chair a Review into Victoria’s post-secondary education and training system – Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy.

Prior to this, Jenny served 23 years as the Federal Member for Jagajaga. She was the longest serving woman in the House of Representatives and the first woman to become Deputy Leader of a major Australian political party.

Jenny served as the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Disability Reform in the Rudd and Gillard Labor Governments.

As Minister, she oversaw the Apology to the Stolen Generations and development of the Closing the Gap framework, the introduction of Australia’s first National Paid Parental Leave Scheme, delivered the largest increase to the Pension in the history of the payment, was responsible for the design and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and was an integral part of the establishment of the Royal Commission in to Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. She was a member of the Expenditure Review Committee of Cabinet in Government and Opposition for 20 years.

Jenny is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne in the School of Government, and Chair of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute. She is also Chair of Odyssey House Victoria, a specialist treatment organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people recovering from long-term alcohol and drug use.


In the coming decade, more Victorians will need to hold a post-secondary qualification than ever before. An estimated two-thirds of the nearly 1.1 million new jobs to be created around Australia to 2024 will require Certificate III or above.

New analysis undertaken for this Review indicates that over the next decade, Victorians will commence more than 5.2 million post-secondary education and training programs.

To respond to these future challenges and opportunities, we need an improved and more integrated post-secondary education and training system that enables lifelong learning.

Research indicates that it is more likely that a school-leaver today will experience a portfolio career, potentially having 17 different jobs over 5 careers in their lifetime. With career and job changes becoming more common, people will need more learning throughout their career and later in life.

The Victorian Government has commissioned this Review because it understands the importance of post-secondary education and training to our future prosperity.
Following an extensive consultation process, recommendations will be tested with key stakeholders and presented to the Government. The final report is currently due to be delivered by October 2020.

Message from the Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education, The Hon Gayle Tierney

Terms of Reference

The Review will examine and make recommendations on the following:

  • What are the education and training needs for jobs in Victoria over the next ten years?
  • What reforms are required to meet the skills and capability needs of industry and employers, government and the community over the next decade?
  • What reforms are required to build industry investment in skills and workforce development, including apprenticeships and traineeships?
  • What reforms are required to improve access to Higher Education and VET for students that are entering the workforce, and those seeking to reskill or upskill later in life, no matter their background?
  • What reforms are required to ensure relevant, high quality teaching and VET courses that produce job-ready graduates at all stages of their career?
  • What reforms are required to improve pathways, and connections, between TAFE and other VET providers, adult and community education providers, universities and other non-university higher education providers, schools, and employers, so students can easily understand and navigate
  • the post-secondary system and update their skills throughout their careers?
  • What reforms are required to improve the funding arrangements of Victoria’s VET sector?