National employer association, Ai Group, has released a report outlining the organisation's views on changes to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) for vocational education and training.
The report – Reimagining Vocational Qualifications – questions whether the previous assumptions underpinning vocational qualifications for Australia are still valid.
"When the existing qualifications architecture was designed the internet was in its infancy, email yet to be deployed, smart phones unimagined and digitisation was in the realm of science fiction," Ai Group said in a statement.
"The skills and capabilities required to enter and stay in the workforce in the 2020s and beyond are different than in the 1990s.
"While some skills remain constant, many new ones have been added and the balance has shifted and continues to shift.
"No longer are we developing qualifications for a world where your entry qualification is designed set you up for the remainder of your working life."
The report calls for reform, particularly a new model (not necessarily singular) that can deliver 'immediacy of utility' and 'deeper development of knowledge and sustainable skills'.