Since its formation in 1927, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has been the peak trade union body in Australia. The ACTU consists of affiliated unions and State and regional trades and labour councils. There are currently 43 ACTU affiliates. They have approximately 1.8 million members who are engaged across a broad spectrum of industries and occupations in the public and private sector. Union members are engaged with the VET sector at all levels, from the development of training products through to delivering and undertaking vocational education and training. As a result, Australian unions maintain a critical interest in the VET system and its administration. We appreciate the opportunity to provide comment on the Commissions Draft Interim Report.

This submission will respond to a number of the requests for information contained within the interim report. Some of these requests have been combined where we feel they can be best addressed collectively.