The following terms, definitions and acronyms are used in the VET sector in Australia and by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

They are provided as general information only and this is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

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The formal recognition of a course by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), in accordance with the Standards for VET Regulators 2015 and the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2021.

An accredited VET (Vocational Education and Training) course is:

  • a structured sequence of training developed to meet training needs that are not addressed by existing training packages
  • a course accredited by the national VET regulator or by a delegated body of the national VET regulator, and
  • a course that has been assessed by ASQA as compliant with the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2021 and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Australian Qualifications Framework

Australian Quality Training Framework

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector.

ASQA’s contact centre, which responds to general enquiries and emails from ASQA’s providers and stakeholders.

Contact the ASQA Info Line on 1300 701 801, Monday to Friday, between 9.00 am and 7.00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

ASQA’s online application and registration management system for vocational education and training providers.

asqanet is also ASQA’s internal business system for managing and maintaining application, registration and regulatory processes, decisions, activity and information.

asqanet allows you to submit applications, pay fees, and track the progress of your applications online.

Further information on audits is available here.

The national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system.

The AQF incorporates the quality assured qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework. Further information can be found at