The ADF is part of the VET system; therefore, any reform of the VET sector is likely to affect Defence.


The Australian Federal Government invests heavily in vocational education and training (VET) as part of a COVID-19 recovery strategy. As Defence is a significant contributor within the VET sector, it needs to stay up-to-date regarding any proposed reforms of the VET sector. Reform strategy to date is centred around upskilling and increasing the role of workplace learning in delivering a more productive workforce.

Desire to Learn (D2L) advocates the development of micro-skills to enable workers to learn on the job in one industry and transfer those skills to another industry. These reforms would allow Australians to transfer their skills between currently available jobs and also help to prepare them for future jobs.

These reforms could have a significant impact on the way Defence trains. Currently, Defence undertakes skill training according to the task requirement. But, by inverting the process and concentrating on micro-skills development, Defence should achieve significant training efficiencies and skills across the ADF.