Skills and Training

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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 Skilling Australians Fund (the Fund) supports the training of Australians through a range of projects managed by state and territory governments.

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.

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...

Skills and Training Budget Overview 2019‑20

The Australian Government is committed to supporting the vocational education and training (VET) sector though its $525.3 million Skills Package Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow, to ensure Australians can access the training they need for the jobs of today and prepare for the jobs of the...

National Regulatory Framework

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

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. ...

Trainer and assessor credential requirements

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

Vocational Education and Training Reform

A well-functioning VET system that delivers the skills we need is fundamental to a strong and prosperous economy that delivers the jobs Australian families and industry want. ...

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).

VET Student Loans

The VET Student Loans program assists eligible students pay tuition fees for approved higher-level (diploma and above) vocational education and training (VET) courses, when studying at VET Student Loans approved course providers.

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.

Vocational Pathways

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

VET Review

On 28 November 2018, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, then Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, announced that the Hon Steven Joyce will undertake a review into the Australian...

Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

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

Apprentices

Get answers to some of the most common questions related to apprenticeships.

National Careers Institute

The National Careers Institute will provide leadership in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based career development to enable Australians to make informed decisions about their learning, training and work pathways.

Publications and resources

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

Review of the Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is undertaking a Review of the Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List with a view to advising the Government on the methodology for identifying skills shortage occupations and the inaugural composition of the...

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,...