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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A set of nationally consistent standards that governs the protection of overseas students and delivery of courses to those students by providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)., the official national register on vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. It is the authoritative source of information on training packages, qualifications, accredited courses, units of competency, skill sets and registered training organisations (RTOs). helps people to find information about RTOs that are registered to deliver a particular nationally recognised training (NRT) product.

The English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) National Standards are the standards that set nationally consistent requirements for ELICOS within Australia.

These standards operate as an adjunct to the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code).

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the national body responsible for registering training providers and accrediting courses in Australia.

National legislation that governs the regulation of the vocational education and training sector in Australia.

Non-compliance occurs when the requirements of the VET Quality Framework or other relevant standards or registration conditions have not been met.

ASQA may issue a provider with a notice of intention to apply a sanction or condition of registration where non-compliances are identified. The notice of intent letter outlines the proposed sanction or condition, the reasons for the sanction, and invites the provider to submit evidence within 20 working days as to why the action should not be taken by ASQA.

National Skills Standards Council

national VET regulator