Skills and Training

Skills and Training Programmes

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Our vocational education and training (VET) sector is training almost four million students annually, providing students with the opportunity to gain the skills they need to:

  • enter the workforce for the first time
  • re-enter the workforce
  • upgrade their skills for an existing job
  • retrain for a new job
  • gain new qualifications
  • get credit towards higher qualifications.

The formal qualifications awarded by Australia’s registered training organisations on completion of VET programs are nationally recognised and highly valued by industry, employers and governments.

About the skills sector

Vocational education is central to Australia's economic growth and business productivity. Australia needs a vocational education and training (VET) system that ensures qualifications are designed to provide the skills that employers and industry need now and in the years to come. A strong VET...

Skills support for individuals

Australia’s national training system supports over three million students annually to gain the skills to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment. This includes new job starters, those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing...

Skills information for business

Developing your skills and the skills of your employees can help to keep your business competitive. Investing in skills and training can increase productivity and innovation, help you attract and retain high quality employees and improve customer satisfaction.

Skills information for training providers

The Australian Government provides a regulatory environment and assistance to ensure public and private vocational and education and training (VET) providers and practitioners develop students with the skills and knowledge needed to perform well in the workplace. ...

National standards and reporting

The Australian Skills Quality Authority promotes quality training so that students, employers and industry have confidence in the Australian training sector. It regulates registered training providers and courses through a risk based approach to ensure training meets the needs of industry and...

Regulation of VET

The Australian Government is undertaking reform to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the vocational education and training (VET) sector regulation. Visit the VET Reform website for up-to-date information on the reform.

International skills engagement

The Australian Government is laying the foundation for greater skills and training collaboration internationally, and is engaging with key countries in the Asia-Pacific region on vocational education and training (VET).

Australian Industry and Skills Committee

The AISC was established by the COAG Industry and Skills Council in May 2015 to give industry a formal, expanded role in policy direction and decision-making for the vocational education and training sector.

Skills Checkpoint Pilot

The Skills Checkpoint Pilot is a free career advisory service funded by the Australian Government for employed individuals aged 45 to 54 years situated in the pilot locations.

National Training Complaints Hotline

The National Training Complaints Hotline is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments. ...

Publications and resources

Publications related to the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Closed Skills programmes

The Government Business website provides a single business service point to help business owners and managers with skills and training information, including information about the Industry Skills Fund which opened on 1 January 2015.