The Ageing TVET Workforce in Australia: Issues and Challenges^1

  • Hugh Guthrie
  • Phil Loveder

The ageing population of many countries and its impact on global economic performance has been the subject of significant debate across the world. Many developed nations in particular have ageing populations brought about by declining fertility rates and an increasing life-span. An implication of this has been a forecast reduction in the future supply of labour and possible diminished economic performance. The extent of ‘the problem’ varies widely between industries and countries; however, it appears to be particularly apparent in the education and training sector which, in turn, is a key resource in helping to supply appropriately trained and skilled labour.


Professional Development Human Resource Practice Workforce Planning Permanent Staff Ageing Workforce 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Callan, V. 2005. Investigating approaches for sustaining and building educational leadership. <>
  2. Chappell, C. et al. 2003. High level review of training packages: Phase 1 report—an analysis of the current and future context in which training packages will need to operate. Brisbane, Australia: ANTA.Google Scholar
  3. Clayton, B.; Fisher, T.; Hughes, E. 2005. Sustaining the skill base of technical and further education institutes: TAFE managers’ perspectives. Adelaide, Australia: NCVER.Google Scholar
  4. Cully, M. et al. 2004. Profiling the national vocational education and training workforce. Adelaide, Australia: NCVER.Google Scholar
  5. de Rooij, p. 2005. Teachers and trainers in education and training: a need for reprofessionalisation. In: European Training Foundation, ed. ETF Yearbook 2005: teachers and trainers—professionals and stakeholders in the reform of vocational education and training. Turin, Italy: ETF.Google Scholar
  6. Deborah Wilson Consulting Services. 2003. Final report: Strategic Professional Development Project: strategic analysis of the professional development needs of VET professionals and stakeholders in Queensland. Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Department of Employment and Training.Google Scholar
  7. Dickie, M. et al. 2004. Enhancing the capability of VET professionals. Brisbane, Australia: ANTA.Google Scholar
  8. Guerin, D. 2006. Strategic review of the tertiary education workforce: tertiary education workforce statistics: background report. Wellington: Education Directions and Martin Jenkins & Associates for the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission. <>
  9. Guthrie, H.; Perkins, K.; Nguyen, N. 2006. VET teaching and learning: the future now 2006–2010. Perth, Australia: Western Australian Department of Education and Training.Google Scholar
  10. Harris, R.; Simons, M.; Clayton, B. 2005. Shifting mindsets: the changing work roles of vocational education and training practitioners. Adelaide, Australia: NCVER.Google Scholar
  11. Harris, R.; Simons, M.; McCarthy, C. 2006. Private training providers in Australia: their characteristics and training activities. Adelaide, Australia: NCVER.Google Scholar
  12. Hugo, G. 2005. Demographic trends in Australia’s academic workforce. Journal of higher education policy and management, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 327–45.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Leslie, D.; Janson, N. 2005. Easing the exit: an ageing professoriate likes options. Magazine of higher education, vol. 37, no. 6,p. 40.Google Scholar
  14. McGrath, S. 2004. The challenge of rural skills development. Geneva, Switzerland: Working Group for International Cooperation in Skills Development. (Debates in skills development, no. 10). <>
  15. McNickle, C.; Cameron, N. 2003. The impact of flexible delivery on human resource practices: survey of TAFE managers. Adelaide, Australia: NCVER.Google Scholar
  16. Malley, J. et al. 2000. Trends in the Victorian TAFE institute workforce: a research report. Melbourne, Australia: Office of Post-compulsory Education, Training and Employment.Google Scholar
  17. Mitchell, J. et al. 2005. Critical issues: a draft literature review on critical issues in teaching, learning and assessment in vocational education and training. <>
  18. Noe, R. et al. 2000. Human resource management. Boston, MA: Irwin McGraw-Hill.Google Scholar
  19. Rumsey and Associates. 2002. Shaping the VET practitioner for the future. Perth, Australia: Western Australian Department of Training.Google Scholar
  20. Strebler, M.; Neathy, F.; Tackey, N. 2005. Recruitment and retention of teachers with industrial or professional experience. London: Learning and Skills Development Agency.Google Scholar
  21. Victoria. Office of Public Employment. 2002. Workforce data collection, Melbourne, Australia: Victorian Office of Public Employment. [Unpublished.]Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugh Guthrie
    • 1
  • Phil Loveder
    • 1
  1. 1.National Centre for Vocational Education,ResearchAdelaideAustralia

Personalised recommendations