Strategic Milestones

The National Workforce Strategy sets out the Government’s plan to ensure the Australian workforce continues to be dynamic, responsive, and capable in meeting the needs of employers now and into the future.

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The immediate focus is to establish a whole of government approach to workforce issues which:

Aligns government leaders on  the strategy, priorities, and  actions so that sectoral  strategies align with the  framework outlined in the  National Workforce Strategy

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Strengthens partnerships with industry, employers and education and training providers at a whole of government level.

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Implementing governance and monitoring mechanisms to track progress against the National Workforce Strategy and the National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response.

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Implementing approved workforce initiatives to address issues in the short term

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Over the medium and long-term, the Strategy highlights the need to pursue improved labour market efficiency through reforms, programs, and policies which:

Reduces mismatches between employer needs and job seeker skills by ensuring access to quick, high-quality reskilling and upskilling opportunities through reforms to skills funding, industry engagement and quality.

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Leverages skills reforms to engage businesses to ensure the training system is responsive to the skills employers need and activate them to take responsibility to upskill their workers to meet current and future workforce needs.

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Facilitates greater labour mobility to increase employment opportunity and support regional employers — including the use of remote digital technology —and barriers to relocation for workers.

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Focuses our help on those Australians who need it most to get the skills and capabilities needed to participate in the labour market or further training.

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Builds critical sectors and skills to maintain Australia’s advantage and global competitiveness

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The National Workforce Strategy sets out how the Australian Government will achieve its vision over both the short and long-term. It sets out five key principles we will measure our success against, the enablers that will be critical to delivery, and the roadmap to achieve our vision.

Success is dependent on whole of government support in adopting the framework and principles of this strategy when developing sector-based strategies.