External resources and links
Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council
COAG is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia. Its role is to initiate, develop and monitor the implementation of policy reforms of national significance which require co-operative action by Australian governments.
COAG is supported by inter-jurisdictional, ministerial-level Councils that facilitate consultation and cooperation between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories in specific policy areas.
The Industry and Skills Council develops policy reforms relating to industry and skills for consideration by COAG, and oversees the implementation of industry and skills policy reforms agreed by COAG.
Australian Qualifications Framework
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) 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.
On the AQF website you can download the the framework and find information about AQF news and events, and AQF projects.
These bodies are national associations representing various groups within the Australian VET sector. These groups include independent providers of post-compulsory education and training; business enterprises operating RTOs; and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes across Australia.
Peak bodies can help RTOs improve their business performance and maintain compliance through a range of measures including publishing research, professional development activities, and consultation with industry experts.
Skills Service Organisations
Skills Service Organisations develop and maintain training package content – including qualifications, skill sets, and units of competency.
On 27 January 2016, the former Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Luke Hartsuyker, announced the five organisations selected as Skills Service Organisations to work with Industry Reference Committees to develop modern and relevant training packages.
An RTO consultant can be a good place to start if you are seeking assistance or expertise to guide you through the registration or re-registration process. If you are new to the VET sector or feel you would benefit from independent advice, a consultant may be able to assist you. Please note that ASQA is unable to endorse or provide information on individual consultants. You should ask colleagues, peers, or your peak body for recommendations, or consider other public information to help ensure you are choosing a reputable consultant.
Australian, State and Territory Government
Australian Apprenticeships provides information for employers and current and potential apprentices about Australian apprenticeships.
Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service
This website provides apprenticeships and traineeships information and resources for Australian Apprenticeships Centres, RTOs, Group Training Organisations, Job Services Australia providers and other service providers and stakeholders.
Australian Qualifications Framework
The Australian Qualifications Framework is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system.
Australian Training Awards
The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the VET sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.
business.gov.au is a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.
Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
The register of education institutions that have been approved to offer courses to overseas students, and courses that have been approved to be offered to overseas students.
Department of Education and Training
The department is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research. As of December 2014, the work of the Australian Skills Quality Authority falls within the Education and Training portfolio.
International Education leads strategic policy, regulation and government-to-government engagement in the international education sector.
The Job Guide provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways.
Job Outlook is a careers and labour market research information site.
Myfuture is a career information and exploration website.
My Skills connects students and employers with training organisations that best suit their needs.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research is responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research and statistics about VET nationally.
Study in Australia
This is the official Australian Government website for advice on studying in Australia.
Trades Recognition Australia
Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) provides skills assessments for people with trade skills gained overseas or in Australia, or through study in Australia as an international student.
Training.gov.au is the official National Register on VET in Australia and is the authoritative source of information on training packages, qualifications, accredited courses, units of competency, skill sets and RTOs.
Unique Student Identifier (USI)
The USI website provides support and resources for students and training organisations to assist with the creation, collection and verification of USIs.
State regulatory bodies
Other useful websites
Directory of Qualified Education Agents
Directory of all certified education agents.
Group Training National Register
The Group Training National Register lists all Group Training Organisations which have complied with national standards and are eligible to use the Group Training National logo.
National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)
NTEU is the Australian union for workers in academia and related industries.
Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)
QTAC processes applications for selected courses for TAFE Queensland, South bank Institute of Technology and some private providers of post secondary courses.
SkillsOneTV has a range of videos about the trades and skills industry for the information of students, trainers and employers.
South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC)
The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre processes and assesses application on behalf of TAFE SA.
The VETnetwork provides information about news, publications, resources, conferences and contact details for the vocational education and training sector.
WorldSkills Australia is an independent, non-profit organisation that conducts trade and skill competitions to challenge young people to achieve work skill excellence.