VET Commissioning FAQs

VET Commissioning is more proactive and structured approach to the way the Government purchases publicly subsidised training.

It is supported by market communication about purchasing directions and priorities and by market sounding which deepens intelligence about demand, sentiment and capacity. 

Building on existing mechanisms like the Subsidised Training List (STL), Commissioning provides an opportunity to actively work together differently to build the VET sector by better understanding capacity, growing diversity, developing capability and building market sustainability to meet strategic skill needs.

VET Commissioning involves proactive engagement with all training providers to:

  • communicate DIS’s purchase priorities and market directions through RTO information sessions to increase the lead time for RTOs to plan for and take up new opportunities
  • give providers the opportunity to signal their readiness to increase training delivery
  • understand capability and capacity to supply, increase, enter or exit delivery in identified training areas
  • articulate the impact of market barriers or opportunities that could be addressed
  • offer key insights into real time industry and student demand.

There are some skills needs that are not being serviced by the current composition of the training market. Equally, there are training providers seeking to grow and diversify their delivery profile.

VET Commissioning provides a more structured way to engage with the market about training need, share information about capability and industry informed priorities to develop purchase strategies that deliver more training, more choice and more access for students and employers.

VET Commissioning is asking all providers to consider opportunities and their role in the market, now and into the future.

It requires change for all providers.

In key market segments we will be working closely with the market to better understand existing supply, gaps, emergent need and demand to better utilise existing capability and build capability to support skill development.

Market sounding will provide a clearer picture of where there is capacity for providers to deliver more, pivot, diversify their delivery or transition out of historic areas to meet demand and respond to changing economic need. This includes both TAFE and non-government RTOs.

In these transitions, the goal is to ensure more training can be delivered overall, not less.

Through VET Commissioning, the Government will provide information about purchasing priorities and undertake market sounding and capability building in key market segments to support long-term market deliverables.

The key features of Commissioning include:

  • An emphasis on longer term purchasing directions.
  • Quarterly information sessions about current and future purchasing priorities and directions – covering our general purchasing (i.e. Subsidised Training List (STL)) and specific courses or services in a Commissioning tranche.
  • Targeted engagement on training services being supported through Commissioning including:
    • market testing and sounding on RTO capability and capacity to deliver identified training and related services and general demand for STL courses
    • Meet the Buyer sessions to showcase growth opportunities, market position and state of the market from the Purchaser’s perspective
    • working together to build capability to realise short to medium delivery objectives adding VET Commissioning courses or skill sets to the STL.
  • A concierge service to bring together information and supports for RTOs ready to increase delivery in identified Commissioning market segments.

VET Commissioning sits alongside and strengthens existing contestable purchase mechanisms, including the Subsidised Training List (STL) and project opportunities.

No. The focus is on new students entering courses. Current students enrolled and studying are not affected.

No. We are investing in more training statewide including in community services courses through the Subsidised Training List and JobTrainer. We are supporting more training and more choice.

The South Australian Government is supporting investment in more subsidised training, statewide, including in business and community services courses. This includes through the recent JobTrainer joint initiative between the South Australian and Australian Governments. JobTrainer provides access for young people, school leavers and job seekers to low fee courses.

VET Commissioning is focused on areas where we see potential for strategic market development and opportunities for providers to deliver training where there is a demand for more skills.

Courses and skill sets in tranche 1 were in market segments with significant provider depth – characterised by a number of RTOs with capability and capacity potential to deliver more training in the publicly subsidised contestable market.

Subsidised Training List 6.2 (STL 6.2) identified the first tranche of courses published with the VET Commissioning course condition. These courses are focused on delivery of the following courses in the metropolitan area by non-government training providers.

In tranche 2, VET Commissioning is focusing on:

  • Market depth or development
  • Unmet industry skill need
  • Specialised and emerging need

If your RTO is interested in starting or increasing delivery of courses, you can do so through via business as usual, that is:

  • drawing down from the STL for eligible students in line with the conditions of purchase
  • or through a Training Priority List Project
  • or through a Skilling South Australia Project.

If your RTO is getting ready to start or is interested in working with the Department to increase delivery, including in VET Commissioning courses, there are a range of supports available to:


For more information, contact us on 1800 673 097 or email