COAG Recognition of Prior Learning Project

The three-year Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Program (‘the Program’), funded bilaterally from June 2006 was undertaken in response to the COAG decisions of February 2006 to improve take-up of RPL. It aimed to benefit a reasonable number of RPL candidates, provide streamlined and simplified RPL processes, and build the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system’s capacity to deliver quality RPL.

This is the summary report for COAG. The full analysis of the success of the States and Territories in achieving the Program objectives is provided in the:

The project report also includes three appendices that provide more comprehensive information about the Program’s activities and legacy of resources:

States and Territories undertook a significant effort over the life of the Program, resulting in tangible RPL outcomes and a valuable legacy that will continue to resource the national training system in developing Australia’s skills base.

While the Program commenced in a time of strong economic growth and skills shortages, now—in a very different economic climate—its legacy can be harnessed to provide industry-responsive and cost-effective RPL solutions. This is particularly important in a time of rising unemployment to assist jobseekers to be job-ready once the market improves, and to enhance job mobility now.

The Program provided a valuable opportunity for the national training system to work collaboratively to explore, develop and trial innovative and workable RPL models, and to share good practice.

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