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.

Core skills

The Australian Core Skills Framework describes individual performance in learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy skills.

The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework describes a set of knowledge, understandings and non-technical skills— such as problem solving, collaboration, self-management, communication and information technology skills—that underpin successful participation in work

LiteracyNet provides a range of professional development, resource and research sites for trainers and employers.

The Skills for Education and Employment programme provides language, literacy and numeracy training to eligible job seekers to enable them to participate more effectively in training or in the labour force.

Foundation skills

The Department of Education and Training is developing an interactive Foundation Skills Assessment Tool to assist those involved in identifying and measuring individual’s foundation skill levels.

The National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults brings a national focus to improving the language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills of working age Australians.

The Foundation Skills Training Package brings together the training requirements for foundation skills.

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) offers fully subsidised professional development opportunities on foundation skills.

Information for consumers

Training providers can update and review their details on the My Skills website, the national VET directory, so that information is available to consumers. – Australia’s national register of VET– provides information on training packages, qualifications, accredited courses, units of competency, skill sets and registered training organisations.


The Australian Qualifications Framework is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system. It incorporates the quality assured qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework. 

The Australian Skills Quality Authority is the national VET regulator responsible for the regulation of registered training organisations and monitoring their compliance with national VET standards.

Victoria and Western Australia continue to regulate registered training organisations which deliver training to domestic students only in those states. The VET regulators in those states are the  Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and the Training and Accreditation Council Western Australia.

National standards

National standards are used by VET regulators to protect the interests of all students undertaking vocational education and training in Australia. The standards guide nationally consistent, high-quality training and assessment services in the VET system.

Visit the national regulatory framework page for more information.

Reporting requirements

National reporting of total VET activity involves the collection of data on all nationally recognised training activity by registered training organisations RTOs and reporting this to the National VET Provider Collection.

To find out about the policy, legislative and technical requirements for registered training organisations and the rationale for these reporting requirements visit the National VET Data Policy page.

Register of institutions and courses for overseas students

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students lists all Australian education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas and the courses offered. – is the official national register of information on vocational education and training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and registered training organisations.

Training packages

Training packages are industry-defined sets of competency standards and associated assessment requirements, qualifications, credit arrangements and guidance information that ensure VET training meets the needs of industry, enterprises and individuals.

Visit the training packages page for more information on the standards, policies and reforms which govern the development and delivery of training packages.


VETNet is a central storage facility for relevant current and historical materials relating to the national VET sector. Information stored on VETNet includes companion volume implementation guides. The new VETNet site is now available.

Unique Student Identifier

Students need to have a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) before a training organisation can issue a qualification or statement of attainment. A USI will allow an individual's USI account to be linked to the National VET Data Collection. This will enable students to see all of their training results from all providers, including all completed training units and qualifications.


The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Skills information for training providers.


  1. ACSF PreLevel 1 2017

    Created: 19 June 2017

    Pre Level 1 supplement to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)

  2. Closure of the Foundation Skills Assessment Tool Fact Sheet

    Created: 8 May 2018  |  Last modified: 29 June 2018

    This fact sheet provides key information on the closure of the Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT)

  3. National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults

    Created: 23 May 2016

    The former Australian Government’s Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, which in 2013 was replaced by the COAG Industry and Skills Council, developed...

  4. WELL case study

    Created: 6 June 2016

    These case studies were written by people working in the Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) programme and the former Language, Literacy and Numeracy Programme, now...