This audit assessed the efficiency and effectiveness of the government school system in providing quality vocational education and training (VET) that meets the needs of senior school students. We followed 3 lines of inquiry:
- Are VET programs available to all school students who want them?
- Is VET for school students well managed?
- Are school students receiving quality training?
We restricted our inquiry to public secondary schools and colleges and year 11 and 12 students.
We audited the departments of Education (DoE) and Training and Workforce Development (DTWD). We also obtained information from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA), the Training Accreditation Council (TAC), and met with the Construction Training Fund, South Metropolitan TAFE and the State School Teachers’ Union of Western Australia.
We assessed data on all WA schools and students provided by DoE and SCSA. We focused on a selection of 25 public schools, metropolitan and regional, to gain understanding (Appendix 1). These schools took an online questionnaire about their experience. We visited 9 of these schools to follow up survey questions and ensure we understood VET at the local level. We also surveyed parents and guardians at the 25 schools, getting 403 responses.
This was a broad scope performance audit, conducted under section 18 of the Auditor General Act 2006 and in accordance with Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards. Performance audits primarily focus on the effective management and operation of agency programs and activities. The approximate cost of tabling this report was $363,500.