ERIC Number: ED351546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Training Guarantee: A Levy To Improve the Quality of Australian Workforce.
Navaratnam, K. K.
The Training Guarantee Act (TGA) passed by the Federal Parliament of Australia in 1990 establishes a training guarantee scheme. It requires employers to invest in high quality, employment-related training that will most benefit their businesses. The levy is having an impact on many facets of human resource development in Australia. In seeking to bring together the urgent need for Australian industry to lift its contribution to training and the government's desire not to intervene unnecessarily in enterprise training decisions, a minimum expenditure obligation scheme has been proposed. Registered Industry Training Agents (RITAs) have been established to advise employers on eligible programs and eligible expenditure. Investment in training in industry is increasing and will continue to increase in the near future. Quality audits of training should be required to ensure consistency and quality of on-the-job training. Because of the potential for difficulty and conflict between government agencies and the private sector, the Commonwealth Government needs to contribute to the quality training provision by industry. Finally, as a result of the training levy, workplace reforms are taking place in terms of appropriate management and employee work practices, better forms of work organization, and more cooperative industrial relations. For full benefits of the TGA to be achieved, a comprehensive, integrated approach needs to be adopted. (11 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Business Responsibility, Corporate Education, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Federal Legislation, Foreign Countries, Industrial Training, Labor Force Development, National Programs, On the Job Training, Quality Control, Taxes, Trade and Industrial Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Australia; Training Guarantee Act (Australia)