• Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations


March 2006 through to September 2008

Project Overview:

BGA, in partnership with the National Electrical and Communications Association, examined the skills development frameworks in the electrotechnology industry across the following countries and regions:

  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

The primary objective was to strengthen alignment between the various overseas frameworks and the Australian framework, with an eventual outcome of lifting the standard and skills acquisition of all workers across the region.

This project and subsequent report, was compiled over an eighteen month period, with extensive engagement and input from a range of agencies, including government, industry and non-government, both within Australia and in each country or territory.

Project Outcomes:

The final project report provides a comparative analysis of both the vocational education and training system and the competency framework across the Federation of Asian and Pacific Electrical Contracting Associations (FAPECA) countries/regions.

This project was successful because of the involvement and leadership by industry through the regional industry peak bodies, including both FAPECA and the ASEAN Federation of Electrical Engineering Contractors.

Detailed country reports were developed for each of the ten participating countries or regions. The reports provide a detailed analysis, with focus on the following elements of the vocational education and training system:

  • The qualifications framework
  • Quality assurance processes
  • Employer/industry input and engagement in the training system
  • Development of training products and materials
  • The role of governments, including training authorities and regulators.

The report includes detailed mapping of skills and highlights the competencies that are common across all or most countries. A skills matrix was also developed, and shows the key areas of the role of the electrician in the ten countries/regions.


For further information about this project, contact Steve Balzary on 0418 215 732