The National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD) [PDF 422KB | RTF 176KB] identifies the long-term objectives of the Commonwealth Government and the state and territory (states) governments in the areas of skills and workforce development. It was established through the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations.
To support Australia’s future growth and prosperity, in 2020 First Ministers all committed to the Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform. As part of this commitment, the Commonwealth Government and the states are working towards agreeing a new National Skills Agreement to replace the NASWD. These reforms will improve the vocational education and training sector so that Australians can better access high quality and relevant training, and employers can access the skilled workers they need.
Negotiations on the new National Skills Agreement are ongoing.