Building a digitally-enabled workforce is a challenge facing all economies as evidenced by the many conversations during the 2019 meeting of world leaders in Davos (check out the Knowledge Platform to view some of the best discussions).

The Panel’s approach has considered what’s already working well, both here and internationally, especially in those economies leading the way and similar to our own. It also sought to understand the priorities, views, ideas and concerns of key stakeholders here in Australia.

The Panel has pursued a two-phase methodology: the first focussing on research and analysis, the second involving consultation and engagement with key stakeholders.


  • Analysis of existing digital skills within nationally endorsed qualifications (contained in Training Packages)
  • Analysis of proposed digital skills within the annual Industry Skills Forecasts developed by the 60+ Industry Reference Committees
  • Analysis of national, jurisdictional, local, industry and community-based approaches being taken within Australia to support the workforce meet the challenges of digital change underway across industry
  • Analysis of how the vocational training systems of select international economies are supporting the workforce to meet the challenges of digital change underway across industry

Link between Phase A and Phase B


Link between Phase A and Phase B

Link between Phase A and Phase B


  • Survey of the 60+ Industry Reference Committees to identify how Australia’s VET system can best support establishment of a digitally enabled workforce
  • Survey of employer and employee representative bodies to identify priorites for digital skills and capture key concerns, sensitivities, complexities and key opportunities to ensure high quality, responsive training products, delivery and assessment
  • Consultation with State and Territory Training Authorities, VET regulators and training provider peak bodies to elicit views on how the system can best support the workforce and to identify where structural or cultural barriers/policy blockages or sensitivities exist
  • Circulation of Discussion Paper to gain public feedback on the key focus areas of the strategy
  • Key stakeholder face-to-face roundtable to explore findings of the research and analysis, consultation and engagement phases and discuss the strategy’s focus areas