On 1 July, the South Australian Skills Act (SAS Act) took effect. The SAS Act, which amended the Training and Skills Development Act (T&SD Act) 2008, is the legislation which governs the skills and training system in South Australia.
The skills system requires more flexibility, capacity to adapt to current and future industry needs, and improved training delivery.
Since the Training and Skills Development Act (T&SD Act) commenced in 2008, the workforce development needs of the state, and the training and skills landscape have changed significantly.
We want to see more apprentices and trainees completing their qualifications and industry has told us that the training system needs to evolve to support that.
The changes introduced, collectively respond to workforce needs.
On 1 July 2021, when the SAS Act took effect, new Regulations and Standards also came into play.
These Regulations and Standards introduced some simpler processes and clear responsibilities for employers, apprentices and trainees, registered training organisations, group training organisations and state government agencies.
The Act also created the South Australian Skills Commission, which began operating on 1 July 2021, and brought together important services delivered by the Office of the Training Advocate and the Training and Skills Commission.
The new regulations and standards introduce:
The Department for Innovation and Skills (DIS) undertook a comprehensive review of the T&SD Act in mid-2019. The review of the Act responded to key recommendations from the Training and Skills Commission’s Skills for Future Jobs 2020 Series: Future-proofing the Apprenticeship and Traineeship System report.
As a result, the Department developed an Amendment Bill to update the T&SD Act after consultation with stakeholders, including employers, apprentices, trainees, industry associations and the Industry Skills Councils (established in 2019).
The role of the South Australian Skills Commission is to:
Click here to read copies of the complete Regulations and Standards, or click the button below to read the fact sheets that summarise the key points.
See FAQs for employers of apprentices and trainees for more information.
See FAQs for training providers for more information.
Important functions of the Office of the Training Advocate and the Training and Skills Commission are now being delivered through the new South Australian Skills Commission.
Renee Hindmarsh is the South Australian Skills Commissioner and she was appointed in March 2021.
For information about training contracts, call the Department for Innovation and Skills Info-line on 1800 673 097.
This is where you can seek advice about:
Contact the South Australian Skills Commission on 1800 006 488 to:
Download more information on transition arrangements below.