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Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements

To assist with the recovery from the impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing support to all employers who engage a new Australian Apprentice.

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

As part of its Economic Response to COVID-19, the Australian Government is supporting business to manage cash flow challenges and to keep apprentices and trainees employed through the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy.

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. ...

National Careers Institute

The National Careers Institute is working to ensure Australians have access to high quality career information and support regardless of their age or stage.

National Skills Commission

Visit the new National Skills Commission (NSC) website to learn more about labour market data and analysis, skills forecasting and VET pricing and performance.

Skills Organisations

The Australian Government is piloting Skills Organisations to enhance the role and leadership of industry and to test and trial ways to improve Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Review of the Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment 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.

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 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 apprentices and trainees to help employers gain skilled workers to drive innovation and growth.

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...

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...

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. 

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...

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.

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,...

Skills Reform Ministerial Statements

Skills Reform Ministerial Statements


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

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...

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.

Skills for Education and Employment

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program provides language, literacy and numeracy training of up to 650 hours to eligible job seekers, to help them to participate more effectively in training or in the labour force. The program is delivered across Australia, from metropolitan and...

Industry Training Hubs

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