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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING ROADMAP LONG OVERDUE

The Minerals Council of Australia today welcomed the Skills Australia report ?Skills for Prosperity ? a roadmap for vocational education and training? as an authoritative contribution to the long overdue reform of Australia?s training system. The roadmap for reform presented by Skills Australia reflects the minerals industry?s call for a truly demand driven training system capable of responding to the drivers of industry and capable of making a significant contribution to the nation?s productivity.

HIGHER EDUCATION BASE FUNDING REVIEW

It is critical that the institutional and intellectual capacity of the education sector ? schools, vocational education and higher education ? be an ongoing priority of the Government. The MCA is pleased that it is able to contribute to this review of Higher Education Base Funding as it gives the minerals industry the opportunity to put forward a number of points based on eleven years of experience working with the sector, including expending more than $22 million to sustain and build educational capacity.

VICTORIAN COMPETITION AND EFFICENCY COMMISSION: INQUIRY INTO VICTORIA‟S REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

MCA believes that VCEC is in a unique position, having significant ability to influence whole of Government decisions. An all-encompassing review of environmental regulation is a once in a generation opportunity to set policies and strategies for the next few decades and likely result in legislative reform. MCA stresses the importance that the recommendations arising from this Inquiry have the potential to improve the regulatory framework for Victoria.

Submission - Draft Mineral Titles Regulations

The proposed changes incorporate a reduction in the maximum area size of exploration licence applications from 500 blocks to 250 blocks. The impacts will be a reduction on the foothold on land by explorers and an increase the fees and charges.

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