Matching skills training with market need

The NSW Government recognises the need for an educated and skilled workforce to drive a productive economy, support workforce participation and grow industry and business. In 2015, the NSW Government implemented reforms in the vocational education and training sector aimed at getting more people trained while maximising public value for the government’s investment. This reform is called ‘Smart and Skilled’.

This audit will assess the effectiveness of the Department of Industry in identifying, prioritising, and aligning course subsidies to the skill needs of NSW. In making this assessment, the audit will examine whether:

  • The Department of Industry effectively identifies and prioritises present and future skill needs
  • Smart and Skilled funding is aligned with the priority skill areas
  • Skill needs and available VET courses are effectively communicated to potential participants and providers.

The audit will focus on the NSW Skills List under the Smart and Skilled program.


Biosecurity risk management

A strong biosecurity system is vital for protecting our primary industries, our economy and our community. In 2013, the NSW Government released the NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013 – 2021, that is based on the principle that biosecurity is a shared responsibility between governments, industries and individuals. The Strategy outlines how government, industry and the community need to work together to identify, prevent, eradicate, minimise, respond to and manage biosecurity risks.

This audit may examine how effectively the Department of Primary Industries has implemented the NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013 – 2021 to prepare for, and respond to, biosecurity risks.