VET sector overview

Vocational education and training (VET) provides education and training that focuses on providing skills for work. This helps people to:

  • join the workforce for the first time
  • return to work after a break
  • upgrade their skills, or
  • move into a different career.

VET provides the skills that Australian employees need and employers want.

The VET sector is essential for Australia's economic growth and prosperity. It injects billions of dollars of export income into the economy by providing training to overseas students. More than 4 million VET students undertake training each year with around 4,000 industry, public and private training providers who work together to provide nationally consistent training.

VET providers can include:

  • technical and further education (TAFE) institutes
  • adult and community education providers
  • agricultural colleges
  • private providers
  • community organisations
  • industry skill centres
  • commercial and enterprise training providers.

Some universities and schools also provide VET.

This short video explains ASQA’s role and the roles of other key organisations involved in overseeing the VET sector.

Quality in the VET system – a shared responsibility (PDF)

This PDF summarises the VET regulatory architecture and describes the roles of the key organisations that share responsibility for quality in the VET sector.

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