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Vocational Education

Vocational education and training - post-compulsory education and training, excluding degree and higher level programs delivered by further education institutions, which provides people with occupational or work-related knowledge and skills. VET also includes programs which provide the basis for subsequent vocational programs. Alternative terms used internationally include technical and vocational education and training [TVET], vocational and technical education and training [VTET], technical and vocational education [TVE], vocational and technical education [VTE], and further education and training [FET], and career and technical education [CTE]. 1
An additional name is Vocational Education & Learning [VEL].

Vocational Education is supported in all education systems particularly at secondary and tertiary levels. It is also provided by groups outside the main school systems including TAFE, colleges and private providers. Vocational Education involves practical components allied to theoretical work.

In most school systems, vocational studies can be completed as part of major qualifications in the senior years.

This page looks at Vocational Education in all Australian states & Territories, Commonwealth involvement and related information.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

VET

  • Canberra Institute of Technology
    ‘Offering apprenticeships and certificate level training through to diplomas, bachelor degrees and graduate certificates, CIT offers the full gamut of the tertiary experience and can help you identify a training pathway to help you reach your goals, whether you are new to study or already hold qualifications’.
  • Skills Canberra
    ‘Skills Canberra is responsible and accountable for the provision of strategic advice and overall management of vocational education and training. Skills Canberra also manages Commonwealth and ACT funding directed to VET programs’. Sections of this site range from information for individuals through FAQs and Useful Links, to a Glossary of Terms and Useful resources. A number of previously included links are found through this site.

VET in Schools

  • Schools Guide to ASBA
  • Review of Vocational Education and Training in ACT Public Schools : Future Directions
    VOCEDplus. ‘The review follows work that all jurisdictions undertook on the National VET Framework, Preparing Secondary Students for Work, and builds on achievements the ACT has already made’. Available in PDF format.
  • Vocational Education and Training
    ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies. ‘Students can undertake a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training qualification while completing their Senior Secondary Certificate. There are a number of ways a student can do this’.
  • VET in Schools
    ‘Vocational education and training provides a recognised learning opportunity for ACT secondary school students to access relevant, high quality, nationally recognised qualifications that strengthen their pathways to further education and employment’.

Other VET Information.

New South Wales

VET

  • Updated ! NSW Skills Board
    ‘Advises the NSW Government on how best to meet the skills and training needs of NSW individuals, industry, regions and the economy. The Board provides independent, high level, strategic advice on the vocational education and training system in NSW’.
  • Smart and Skilled
    ‘Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training system. This website tells you everything you need to know about Smart and Skilled before you enrol with your preferred training provider’. FAQs, Prices and Fees, Glossary, Consumer Protection, news, Skills List and more.
  • TAFE NSW
    TAFE NSW is Australia’s leading provider of vocational education and training with over 500 000 enrolments each year. We operate as a network of Institutes offering the best of campus-based delivery as well as flexible, online and work-based learning ’.
  • TAFE Courses
    ‘Browse through TAFE NSW’s course areas to find out which qualification will give you the skills you need for the job you want. Learn about our centres of excellence and industry partners’.
  • Training Services NSW
    ‘Training Services NSW in the NSW Department of Industry is responsible for government-funded vocational education and training in NSW’. Everything from Skills Shortages to Training Providers and Training Awards.

VET in Schools

  • AIS Vocational Education and Training
    Multiple sections cover all areas.
  • An Overview of VET
    Catholic Education Commission of NSW. Coverage of VET implementation in Catholic schools. Further links in the main menu.
  • School to TAFE
    ‘Are you still at school or about to leave ? If you’re not sure what you want to do next then a course or program at TAFE NSW can help you into a great future career’.
  • Senior Pathways
    DET. School to Work, VET in Schools Courses, Trades Training in Schools, Workplace Learning, School-based Apprenticeships, more.
  • TVET
    TAFE. Overview, school-based, apprenticeships and traineeships, work placement, where delivered, more.
  • Vocational Education & Training
    Board of Studies. News, frameworks, endorsed courses, course exclusions, prior learning, VET in Stage 5, apprenticeships and traineeships, more.

Other VET Information.

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Northern Territory

VET

  • NT Training Awards
    ‘An annual premier event recognising training excellence and achievements by Northern Territory businesses, training organisations, apprentices, trainees, trainers and students’.
    You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
  • Northern Territory Training Entitlement
    ‘Information for registered training organisations and individuals about funding to cover the cost of training for Certificate III qualifications and above. The entitlement also covers foundation skills or lower level qualifications needed to complete the Certificate III or above qualification’.
    You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
  • What is VET ?
    ‘A practical tertiary education option available to everyone across a large number of careers and industries ranging from the traditional trades to business or the creative arts’. Done in sections including Starting Out and Moving Up.

VET in Schools

Other VET Information.

  • Skills, Employment and Careers Expo
    The Expo ‘promotes higher education, vocational education, training pathways, employment and career opportunities’.
  • Updated ! Vocational Education and Training
    Charles Darwin University. Information for students, Faculty contacts, Enrolment information, Study areas, VET in Schools. Guides available for download.

Queensland

VET

  • About Vocational Education and Training [VET]
    What it is, Is it for you ?, school students, job seekers, professional development, Find a VET course, links, more.
  • TAFE Queensland
    ‘Queensland’s largest, most experienced training provider delivering practical, industry-relevant training to more than 120 000 students each year’.
  • Training Queensland
    All aspects of training. VET pages include :
  • Advancing Skills for the Future : a strategy for Vocational Education and Training in Queensland
    ‘Sets out the Queensland Government’s vision for VET to ensure that in a changing world, all Queenslanders are able to access - at any stage in their lifetime and career - high quality training that improves their life prospects and supports industry development and economic growth’. Download a copy of the plan, access related information, more.
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
    Information about school-based and industry based options.
  • Disability Support
    Includes Skills Disability Support, Disability Support resources, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and links to the Inclusive Learning Framework and the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Queensland​.
  • Inclusive Learning Framework
    This ‘is the Queensland plan for providing greater access to, participation in and outcomes from vocational education and training’. The main document covering this plus several others are available here.
  • Queensland Skills Gateway
    ‘Find a training Course; I want to be … ; Am I eligible ?; Find a Training Provider’; more.

VET in Schools

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

  • Training and Assessment
    ‘Training and assessment in VET is not the same as traditional teaching. The following information and resources have been developed by the QCAA to help Queensland school RTOs’.
  • School RTO Management
    ‘Guidelines & Factsheets; Management Resources; Policies & Procedures’.
  • New ! VET
    A brochure ‘For students completing Year 12 in 2018 and 2019’.

Other VET Information.

  • Queensland Training Awards
    ‘The state’s highest recognition of people and organisations who strive for success, best practice and innovation in training’.
  • Training Ombudsman
    ‘Provides a free, confidential, and independent service to review and resolve enquiries and complaints from apprentices, trainees, students, employers and other stakeholders about the VET system’.

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South Australia

VET

  • TAFE SA
    ‘Offers training across more than 80 activity and industry-related areas with a wide range of quality courses and flexible study options to suit your personal needs’.
  • Training and Skills Commission
    ‘Provides independent advice to the South Australian Government about the State’s skills and workforce priorities’.
  • Vocational Education and Training
    sa.gov.au . Workready, TAFE South Australia, Qualifications, School Based Apprenticeships.
  • WorkReady - Skills and Employment
    ‘Careers and Jobs; Training and Learning, Apprenticeships and Traineeships; Employers and Business, Training Providers, Workforce information’.

VET in Schools

  • Catholic Education South Australia - Vocational Education
    VET in Schools Programs; School-based Apprenticeships/Traineeships; Workplace Learning Guidelines’, multiple documents, more.
  • Secondary Schools - TAFE SA
    Multiple sections of information from School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships to VET contacts and resources.
  • Trade Schools for the Future
    ‘Enables government high school students to combine their South Australian Certificate of Education studies with Vocational and Education Training in the form of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship’.
  • Vocational Education and Training SACE
    ‘Vocational education and training is education and training that gives students skills and knowledge for work. It is delivered, assessed and certified by Registered Training Organisations. The SACE enables students to include a significant amount of VET in their SACE studies’.
  • Vocational Pathways in Schools
    sa.gov.au . Select from the options available. ‘Pathways offered at schools encourage students to work towards completing VET qualifications while undertaking the South Australian Certificate of Education. To arrange VET training, talk to the VET coordinator, career advisor or equivalent at your school’.

Other VET Information.

  • OPEN2STUDY
    The ‘How it Works’ provides all details for taking these free courses.
  • Updated ! Student Pathways Team Moodle
    Relevant sections include the Industry Pathways Program, Workplace Learning and Careers Strategy.
  • Updated ! Vocational Pathways Portal
    ‘The portal site for some Vocational Pathways components of the Student Pathways 8-12 Policy team. You can find a brief summary about our various programs on this site. Use the Our Programs menu link above or the Courses listing at the left’.
    You now need to be able to log in to access this site.

Tasmania

VET

  • Government Education and Training International
    ‘Specialises in connecting international students and businesses with flexible education, skills and qualifications from our local government education providers’. Includes vocational education.
  • Skills Tasmania
    ‘Skills Tasmania is Tasmania’s State Training Authority’. Relevant pages include :
  • Industry Specific Information and Resources
    ‘For detailed industry information please select sector from the following list - other sectors are under development’.
  • Skills Facts
    ‘For all the latest vocational education and training news and events, Skills Facts, Skills Tasmania’s regular newsletter, has up-to-date information on state and national VET related matters’.
  • Skills Tasmania/VET
    ‘Find who Skills Tasmania are, what we do and our role within the VET system’.
  • Tasmanian VET System
  • TasTAFE
    ‘A new single entity for Tasmania’s public sector post-compulsory vocational education and training’. Course information, student information, campuses, more.

VET in Schools

Other VET Information.

  • New ! TasTAFE Corporate Plan 2018-2021
    ‘TasTAFE is the State Government vocational education and training business – preparing the State’s future skilled workforce. Our values and behaviours reflect our commitment to working with our partners to provide high level vocational education and training that meets the needs of the individual, industry and the broader Tasmanian economy’.

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Victoria

VET

  • Updated ! TAFE and Training
    ‘Helping develop skills and knowledge to expand employment opportunities and support industry’. Sections cover :
  • Updated ! Skills and Jobs Centres
    ‘The first port-of-call for students looking to start training, workers needing to re-skill or retrain, and for employers to meet workforce needs’.
  • Studying & Training
    ‘Find out about study pathways through high school, university and TAFE. There’s also information about the kind of support out there for students, and tips for study and exam success’.
  • Updated ! TAFEs and Other Public Providers
    TAFEs, polytechnics and dual sector universities are public training providers located across metropolitan Melbourne and in regional Victoria’.
  • Updated ! Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority
    ‘The statutory authority responsible for ensuring that employers of apprentices and trainees and providers of education and training meet quality standards, and that information is readily available to support informed choice in education and training’.
  • Updated ! Victorian Skills Gateway
    ‘Find quality training for a real job’.
  • Updated ! Vocational Education and Training
    Includes Updated ! Subsidies, Concessions and Loans, - ‘Making training accessible – Victorian Training Guarantee’. Also see Updated ! Get a Government Subsidy, ‘Government subsidised training is where the government contributes towards the cost of your training course. You may also see this referred to as the Victorian Training Guarantee’.
  • Updated ! What is Skills First ?
    ‘The Skills First reforms of the training and TAFE sector, launched a year ago, are our commitment to provide high-quality training leading to real jobs, a chance every adult deserves’.

VET in Schools

  • Updated ! Tech Schools
    ‘These will be innovative, shared learning environments that are managed and operated by a partnership of local schools, local government, TAFE, university and industry partners’.
  • Updated ! Vocational Education and Training
    Information primarily for parents.
  • Updated ! VET Programs for Secondary Students
    ‘Vocational Education and Training programs are delivered to secondary school students to expand their opportunities and pathways from school’.
  • Updated ! Vocational Education and Training, VCAA
    VET in the VCE and VCAL, programs, school based apprenticeships, more.

Other VET Information.

Western Australia

VET

  • About the Department of Training and Workforce Development
  • Career Exploration
    ‘How we can help, Career planning, Education and training, Occupations, Finding a job, Career connect and Tools and resources’.
  • Future Skills WA
    ‘Ensures that people gain skills that lead to employment in areas required by industry. To do this, Future Skills WA provides a guaranteed, subsidised training place for eligible students enrolled in courses that are deemed State priority qualifications, where this is available’.
  • Training
    ‘It’s important to have the right skills and qualifications. Training gives you practical skills which employers are looking for, giving you a greater competitive edge over others’.
  • Welcome to the Apprenticeship Office
    ‘Registers and administers training contracts, as well as regulating the apprenticeship system in Western Australia’.
  • TAFE Choices
    ‘More courses, more qualifications, more places to learn. Full time, part time, on campus, or online’.
  • The Training Accreditation Council
    ‘Western Australia’s independent statutory body for quality assurance and recognition of vocational education and training services’.
  • WA Training Awards
    ‘Recognise and reward outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers’.

VET in Schools

  • All About VET
    School Curriculum and Standards Authority. Industry specific courses, Credit Transfer, VET integrated in courses, Stand Alone programs, How VET contributes to WACE, FAQs, more. Senior Secondary
  • Updated ! Duty of Care VETfor School Students Attending TAFEWA Colleges
    Policy from the Department of Education regarding the duty of care for students.
  • VET in Schools
    The Department of Education. Two main sections - Policies and Planning, New and Ongoing Initiatives and Programs. Links to related information.

Other VET Information.

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Australian Information

Government

  • Australian Training Awards
    ‘Showcasing the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, training providers, employers, training practitioners and industry organisations’.
  • Updated ! COAG Industry and Skills Council
    ‘COAG Councils pursue and monitor priority issues of national significance and take joint action to resolve issues that arise between governments’.
  • Tuition Protection Service
    ‘Assisting international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees’.

Department of Education and Training

  • Australian Industry and Skills Committee
    ‘Provides leadership and guidance to the VET system, bringing a strong industry-based perspective which will enhance responsiveness, quality and relevance within the sector’.
  • Skills and Training
    Department of Education and Training. ‘Our vocational education and training sector is training almost four million students annually, providing students with the opportunity to gain the skills they need’.
  • Skills@Work
    Newsletter, other resources.
  • Trade Training Centres
    “In Schools Program”. 2014 Review and report, more.
  • Vocational Education and Training Reform
    Department of Education and Training. ‘A range of VET reform measures reflecting the vision for VET reform and the objectives have already been introduced. More detailed information is available’.
  • My Skills
    ‘Search for a training organisation or a qualification, find out about the training experiences of others, access other useful training information’, more.
  • New ! National Regulatory Framework
    Regulatory standards for training providers and regulators running from 2015/16.
  • SkillsOne
    ‘Hundreds of Videos About Getting a Trade or Skill ’. 12 skills areas and 7 channels to choose among.
  • Updated ! Study Assist
    ‘Provides a one-stop-shop for all your questions about Australian Government assistance to help finance your tertiary studies’. The following pages may prove useful :
  • Beyond School Study Guide
    ‘The guide will help you when you’re making important decisions about your future studies. Check out the factsheets on each of the HELP loans, different pathways to university, and a comparison on what study might look like in the higher education sector or for vocational education and training’.
  • New ! Compare Courses and Providers
    ‘It is important for you to compare different education providers that offer the same/similar courses that you wish to study so you can make sure you are getting the best deal for your situation. Things to compare include price, course delivery, and job prospects’.
  • Deadlines and Withdrawals
    Clear information in multiple sections responding to specific questions.
  • FAQs
    Answers to many questions grouped under selected headings.
  • Grievances [Student Complaints]
    ‘If you are not satisfied with the outcome after following your providers internal procedures, and still believe your provider is breaching, or has breached, its legal requirements, you may submit a complaint to the relevant regulator for your provider’.
  • Loan Repayment Information
  • Providers that offer Commonwealth Assistance
  • VET FEE-HELP
    ‘Assists eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training qualifications to pay their tuition fees’.
  • New ! What am I eligible for ?
    ‘Answer all the questions below to identify what Government assistance is available to you’.
  • Training.gov.au
    ‘Training.gov.au is The National Register on Vocational Education and Training in Australia’. Its Links is worth using.
  • Unique Student Identifier
    ‘All students doing nationally recognised training need to have a Unique Student Identifier [USI]. This includes students doing Vocational Education Training [VET] when they are still at school [VET for secondary students]’.
  • Vocational Education & Training
    Extensive annotated listing, Australia.gov.au.

Other National Bodies & Programs

  • Australian Council for Private Education and Training [ACPET]
    ‘Representing quality private education providers in Australia’.
  • Australian Skills Quality Authority
    ‘As the national regulator for the vocational education and training sector, the Australian Skills Quality Authority seeks to make sure that the sector’s quality is maintained through effective regulation’.
  • Australian Qualifications Framework
    ‘First introduced in 1995 to underpin the national system of qualifications in Australia encompassing higher education, vocational education and training and schools’.
  • AVETRA
    ‘Australia’s only national, independent association of researchers in vocational education and training’.
  • Updated ! National Centre for Vocational Education Research
    ‘Australia’s principal provider of vocational education and training research and statistics’.
    You have to be able to log in to access NCVER reports, though registration is free.
  • Vetr - The Vocational Education Community
    ‘Whether an RTO manager, training professional or resource developer, vetr provides the space for you to connect, search existing resources, commission a tailored or new resource, or sell your own high quality resources to the broader community’.
  • VOCEDplus
    ‘A free research database for tertiary education, especially as it relates to workforce needs, skills development, and social inclusion. It encompasses vocational education and training [VET]’ and other higher education sectors.
  • Women in Adult & Vocational Education
    A national body.

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Other Information

Other Sites

  • Updated ! Trends in VET : Policy and Participation
    NCVER, September 2016. ‘This occasional paper examines two broad policy trends, the extension of the apprenticeship and traineeship system, and the opening up of the training market, as well as three specific policy case studies and reflects on how the changing policy environment has influenced participation trends over the past 20 years’.
  • Unpaid Work
    Fair Work Ombudsman. ‘Unpaid work can take on different forms - from vocational placements, unpaid internships, unpaid work experience and unpaid trials. They are entered into for a number of reasons’. Multiple sections cover many aspects.
  • Updated ! VETASSESS - Vocational Education Training and Assessment Services
    ‘Australia’s leading vocational education and training assessment provider’.
  • VET Glossary
    ‘Includes terms and abbreviations likely to be found on this site and in associated educational and training publications. The definition given here refers to its use in the vocational education and training context’. You can download the Glossary [PDF] here, and a Word Version here.
    You have to be able to log in to this site, though registration is free.
  • VET Resources for Secondary Schools
    ‘PCS Publications provides quality teaching and learning resources for schools, college, TAFEs, Registered Training Organisations, private training organisations and Australian Technical Colleges’. These are fee-based.
  • WorldSkills Australia
    ‘Our purpose is to promote and build a skills culture by inspiring young people, celebrating skills excellence and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their trade and skill talent’.

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Reference

1. National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd. Web. 8 January 2014.
VOCEDplus : Glossary : V

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