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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Formal certification, issued by a relevant approved body, in recognition that a person has achieved learning outcomes or competencies relevant to identified individual, professional, industry or community needs.

All registered training organisations (RTOs) registered with ASQA are required to provide an annual summary report to ASQA of their performance against three quality indicators:

  • learner engagement
  • employer satisfaction, and
  • competency completion quality.

Quality indicator data is used by registering bodies to inform each RTO’s risk assessment.

Further information is available in the Guidance for Providers.