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 and training 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 to ensure vocational and education and training (VET) providers and practitioners develop students with the skills and knowledge needed to perform well in the workplace.

Skilling Australians Fund

The Australian Government is committed to working with industry to ensure the vocational education and training (VET) sector responds effectively and efficiently to the skills required by employers and supporting apprentices and trainees through the Skilling Australians Fund (the Fund).

Australia-India Skills Mission

The 2017 Australia-India Skills Mission, Skilling a Global Economy will bring together representatives from business, industry and government. The aim of the visit is to strengthen collaboration between Australia and India, fostering new ways of working together to address skills and workforce...

National Regulatory Framework

Extension of transition period for training products endorsed between September 2015 and March 2016 ...

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.

Rollout Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

To fill a gap in the services currently available to older Australians, the Australian Government is funding a national rollout of the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (the Program). The Program is based on a model that was piloted by the Department of Education and Training from 2015...

National Training Complaints Hotline

Prior to lodging a formal complaint with the National Training Complaints Hotline, it is important to follow the formal grievance process of the training organisation with which you have a grievance. ...

Publications and resources

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

Closed Skills programmes

The Australian Government has discontinued some skills and training programmes as part of its work to streamline the way skills assistance is provided. Existing customers can access information on closed skills programmes via the following links.

Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia provides opportunities for 1200 undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training students to undertake study, training and internships in South Australia. The scholarships will be offered through two application rounds and...

National VET Data

In 2012, the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Skills Ministers agreed to the collection and reporting of total Vocational Education and Training (VET) activity data by all Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) from 1 January 2014. This is reflected in the Data Provision Requirements,...

Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

In 2017, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, commissioned a review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act) and its associated legislative framework. The review was part of the Australian Government’s...

Trainer and assessor credential requirements

Well-qualified trainers and assessors are pivotal to the success of Australia’s VET system. 

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme. The VET Student Loans program offers greater protection for students and focuses on courses that address industry needs, creating better opportunities for employment. VET Student Loans...

Vocational Pathways

Vocational Learning and Vocational Education and Training (VET), which include Australian School-based Apprenticeships, can be undertaken by secondary students.