Australian Industry Group Warns Gov't Of National Skills Shortage

Australia's peak industry body has urged the government to address the country's "skills shortages" on Thursday, by reforming Vocational Education and Training (VET) Systems across the nation.

Writing a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the country's State and Territory leaders ahead of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Cairns Friday, the Australian Industry Group's chief executive Innes Willox warned that "75 percent of employers are experiencing difficulty in recruiting suitably qualified or skilled people into vacancies."

"With the global economy now in choppy waters and Australia falling down the world's performance tables, now, more than ever, governments need to work with industry to secure a long-term prosperous future for us all," Willox said.