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).

This supports the Australian Government’s National Strategy for International Education, particularly through the areas of:

  • Goal 5: Strengthening partnerships at home
  • Goal 6: Enhancing Mobility
  • Goal 8: Promoting excellence
  • Goal 9: Embracing opportunities to grow international education

Many countries in our region place a high priority on skills and the Department of Education and Training’s international skills engagement involves sharing and exchanging VET expertise and experience, particularly in our region – in South Asia, South East Asia and North Asia.

A particular focus of this work is on identifying and understanding the core skills required for workers across the region through the development of regional occupational standards, bilateral benchmarking activities and the establishment of International Skills Training Courses

The department’s international skills engagement work has four key objectives:

  • Supporting industry: Improving access to skilled labour to improve productivity and expand opportunities for growth.

  • Global skilled labour: Developing international standards bench marked to Australian industry standards, to support international mobility of skilled labour.

  • Australian VET expertise: Promoting industry relevant quality frameworks, VET systems and products

  • Economic diplomacy: Stronger skills policy relationships with countries and multilateral fora responsible for skills development.

This work is undertaken through bilateral engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and also through select cooperation in multilateral fora including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the East Asia Summit (EAS), the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and also the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Read more information on the department’s recent projects and engagement, and skills events. Or you can contact the International Skills Cooperation teams: InternationalSkills&

The Australian Government also supports skills mobility and recognition at the international level.