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The Bureau of Vocational Education and Training Collaboration (BVETC) will guide and facilitate continuing collaboration in vocational education and training between Australia and India by harnessing and building on:
       Government to government co-operation;
       Industry to industry engagement;
       Institution to institution links; and
       Cross linkages between government, industry and institutions where appropriate.
       Informing the process of developing the VET system;
       Investigating bilateral proposals and opportunities to foster practical avenues for VET engagement;
       Establishing priority industry sectors and skill areas for bilateral collaboration;
       Exchanging information and collaborating on issues of knowledge management, quality assurance and governing frameworks
       Broadly promoting and supporting collaborative efforts of both tertiary systems through forums, conferences and activities       undertaken by bodies like the India Australia Education Council (once established), industry skills summits (Federation of Indian       Chambers of Commerce and Industry/Confederation of Indian Industry) and others, where appropriate.
BVETC will collaborate in specific areas of mutual interest in skills development and in targeted skills sectors. The following have been identified as priority areas of engagement with Australia:

       Industry skills councils
       A national qualifications framework
       Quality assurance arrangements
       Training and capacity building of VET teachers
       Institutional exchanges and linkages
       Industry linkages with an initial focus on selected sectors including hospitality, retail and construction
       Opportunities for government department exchanges and professional development.
BVETC reports annually to ministers in India and Australia on progress.

Chair: Counsellor (Education), Australian High Commission - New Delhi given the centrality of the role in facilitating engagement between India and Australia.

Co-Chair: Representative from the Ministry of Human Resource Development or Ministry of Labour and Employment, as agreed by the BVETC.

Secretariat: Australian High Commission - New Delhi
Government of India
       Joint Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development
       Director General, Employment and Training/Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment
       Joint Secretary, Distance Learning, Ministry of Human Resource Development
       Director, International co-operation Cell, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Australian Government
       Branch Manager, International Group, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
       Director, South, South East Asia International Group, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
       Counsellor (Education), Australian High Commission, New Delhi
Meetings of BVETC will be held quarterly or by mutual agreement.

An agenda will be circulated prior to the meeting. The Record of Meeting will be prepared by the Secretariat and agreed by all parties at subsequent meetings.

Action Issues Register

A record of agreed BVETC activity arising from the meetings will be maintained by the Secretariat and provided at BVETC meetings.

Register of Australia-India Collaboration

BVETC will jointly maintain a register of proposed Australia-India institutional collaboration in the areas of VET, higher education and schools. This information will be tabled on a quarterly basis and as needed for discussion.


BVETC was established during Australia-India Joint Working Group meeting in October 2009.

The Australian and Indian Governments recognise the importance education plays in increasing business and cultural ties between the two countries and the valuable contribution that vocational education and training makes to improving skills to enhance employability, increase productivity, strengthen national competitiveness and support sustainable development.

India is looking to Australia's VET system to inform its own VET reform. It is taking steps to build its system and engage a higher percentage of its population in recognised, quality assured training. India acknowledges its need for a high quality skilled workforce to meet its domestic requirements as well as global demand for skilled workers. Both countries are keen to share their knowledge and experience in vocational education and training.

The Australia - India VET Mission (31 January - 5 February 2010) was the first high level delegation of Indian government officials and industry representatives focusing on vocational education and training to visit Australia. The mission achieved its aim to increase understanding about vocational education and training in both countries and to assist in long-term engagement in vocational education and training.

The Joint Ministerial Statement was signed between the Government of Australia and the Government of India on 8 April 2010. It reaffirms the commitment between Australia and India to continue to expand collaboration in education, training and research. This includes actively initiating and supporting formal working groups, including the Bureau for Vocational Education and Training Collaboration (BVETC), to improve understanding of our respective education and training systems and to discuss and periodically review progress on mutually agreed activities.

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