Australia's VET sector

Vocational education and training (VET) enables students to gain qualifications for all types of employment, and specific skills to help them in the workplace.

The providers of VET include technical and further education (TAFE) institutes, adult and community education providers and agricultural colleges, as well as private providers, community organisations, industry skill centres, and commercial and enterprise training providers. In addition, some universities and schools provide VET.

VET is provided through a network of eight state and territory governments and the Australian Government, along with industry, public and private training providers. These organisations work together to provide nationally consistent training across Australia.

The VET sector is crucial to the Australian economy – both for the development of the national workforce and as a major export industry.


Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework. The AQF was introduced in 1995 to underpin the national system of qualifications in Australia encompassing higher education, vocational education and training and schools.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
The ASQA is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.

COAG Industry and Skills Council
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council (CISC) was established by COAG to develop and implement high-level policies that will assist Australian industry to be competitive and motivated to create jobs and investment.

CISC is responsible for:
  • Industry competitiveness, productivity and labour market pressures
  • Skills development and national training arrangements
  • CISC focuses on major policy reforms that require Commonwealth-State collaboration
  • The skills and industry parts of CISC are chaired separately to allow the respective ministers to focus exclusively on sector specific issues. CISC may engage directly with selected industry stakeholders to inform discussion and deliberation.
  • When required CISC will work collaboratively with other COAG councils on matters of shared interest.
More information about COAG councils is available at

Department of Education and Training (DET)
VET is central to Australia's economic growth and business productivity. Australia needs a 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 sector will boost the employment outcomes of those completing VET courses and instil confidence in users of the sector.

Our VET sector is training almost four million students annually, providing students with the opportunity to gain the skills they need to:
  • Enter the workforce for the first time
  • Ee-enter the workforce
  • Upgrade their skills for an existing job
  • Retrain for a new job
  • Gain new qualifications
  • Get credit towards higher qualifications
The formal qualifications awarded by Australia’s registered training organisations on completion of VET programs are nationally recognised and highly valued by industry, employers and governments.


Department of Employment Small Business and Training (DESBT)
DESBT is committed to ensuring Queenslanders have the education, training and support they need to contribute to the economic and social development of Queensland.

The Department delivers quality employment and training services for people at every stage of their personal and professional development. The department is also committed to ensuring our education and training systems are aligned with the state's employment, skills and economic priorities.