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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...


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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.

Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians

Under the Australian Governments $585 million Skills Package, Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow, around 400 young Australians will be supported to participate in vocational education and training (VET) programs through the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians (the...

Council of Australian Governments Skills Council

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Skills Council was announced on 9 August 2019 and replaces the former COAG Industry and Skills Council (COAG).

Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow

The Australian Government is committed to strengthening the vocational education and training (VET) sector through its $585.3 million Skills Package Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow. ...

Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

The Government is providing $62.4 million over four years, to 30 June 2023, to support eligible Australians with a means to develop their Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital literacy (LLND) skills to help them up-skill or re-skill for new roles, to obtain and retain secure employment and to...

Foundation Skills For Your Future Remote Community Pilots

The $52.5 million Foundation Skills for Your Future Program and the $9.9 million Remote Community Pilots initiative are part of the $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow 2019-20 budget package.

Industry Training Hubs

The Australian Government is investing $50.6 million to trial Industry Training Hubs in ten regions across Australia.

International skills engagement

The Australian Government progresses its international skills engagement by establishing and maintaining systems and policies to support the international vocational education and training (VET) student market, both onshore and offshore, and by ensuring Australia is viewed as a leader and...

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.

National Regulatory Framework

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

National Skills Commission

The National Skills Commission (Commission) will provide national leadership to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

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. ...

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,...

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 National Skills Needs List with a view to advising the Government on the methodology and the inaugural composition of the replacement list.

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...

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.

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 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...

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.

Skills Organisations

The Australian Government is piloting Skills Organisations in three key industries - human services care, digital technologies and mining. 

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...

Trainer and assessor credential requirements

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