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This paper provides commentary on two recent Victorian government reports:  Review into Vocational and Applied Learning Pathways in Senior Secondary Schooling by John Firth and Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Review by Jenny Macklin. 

The need for structural reform in VET upper secondary education and the wider VET sector is reinforced by these reports.  Both are important contributors to assisting with Victoria’s economy and there is a lot to like in each of them. There is evidence of extensive consultation. Each offers strong support for disadvantaged students, development of collaborative approaches, raising the esteem and status of vocational education, improving teaching, broadening curriculum, strengthening core skills and establishing a transparent basis to underpin government subsidies. However, neither proposes structural arrangements that are likely to create substantial and meaningful change. 

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February 2021

Bruce Mackenzie Mackenzie Research Institute 

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