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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Making changes to a provider’s scope of registration.

‘Changes of scope’ include:

  • adding or removing courses
  • making changes to the duration of a course (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS))
  • changing the mode of delivery*
  • changing student tuition fees (CRICOS)
  • changing student capacity (CRICOS), or
  • adding or removing a delivery site (CRICOS).

* This change must be requested using asqanet.

Council of Australian Governments (COAG). COAG is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia.

The members of COAG are the Prime Minister, State and Territory Premiers and Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association.

An online database of courses and educational institutions or providers in Australia that are registered to offer courses to overseas students with student visas.

‘CRICOS providers’ are registered on CRICOS and can offer courses to overseas student with student visas.

The consistent application of knowledge and skill to the standard of performance required in the workplace. It embodies the ability to transfer and apply skills and knowledge to new situations and environments.

Compliance is reached when requirements of the VET Quality Framework or Standards for VET Accredited Courses have been met.

The systematic and documented process ASQA uses to assess a provider’s ongoing compliance with the VET Quality Framework and other relevant standards.

More information on audits is available here.

A document prepared for significant cost recovery arrangements to demonstrate compliance with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines.

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students