Training and Skills Development Act 2008

The roles and functions of the Commission are specified in the Training and Skills Development Act 2008. The Act gives authority to the Commission in regulating apprenticeships and traineeships. The Commission is required to consult with industry and community in developing its advice to Government.

Under the Act two reference groups are established, the Adult Community Education Reference Group and the Training Regulation Reference Group. The latter will cease to regulate training providers in South Australia with referral of power to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)  from 26 March 2012. These groups are chaired by Commission members but draw on the wider resources of industry and the community for specialist advice through their membership and consultations.

The Act establishes the role and functions of the Training Advocate. The Office of the Training Advocate provides an independent complaint handling process and investigates complaints relating to the provision of higher education, vocational education and training, education services for overseas students, adult community education and training contracts.