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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An assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

ASQA internal reconsideration of a reviewable decision. Only ’reviewable decisions’ (as specified in section 199 of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011) can be reconsidered.

An organisation, registered with ASQA in accordance with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework, to provide specific vocational education and training and/or assessment services.

ASQA registers vocational education and training (VET) providers as ‘registered training organisations’. VET registration is confirmation that a training organisation can deliver, assess and issue the qualifications it is registered to provide, or statements of attainment to a nationally agreed standard.

ASQA also registers providers seeking to enrol overseas students who are on student visas as Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) providers.

An assessment of a registered training organisation (or applicant) conducted by ASQA to identify, analyse, evaluate and treat risks of it breaching its regulatory obligations under the VET Quality Framework.

A rating assigned to each provider by ASQA to indicate the potential effects and likelihood of a provider not complying with its legislative obligations. ASQA began phasing out risk ratings in favour of risk profiles from 2015.

recognition of prior learning

registered training organisation