Vocational Education and Training (VET) comprises a range of training products which are recognised across Australia. This includes qualifications, units of competency, skill sets and/or accredited courses that can be developed in two ways:
- Industry training packages; or
- VET accredited courses.
Training packages – which are endorsed at the national level – are currently developed by Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) supported by Skills Service Organisations (SSOs).
For further information on the how training packages are developed, see:
Australian Industry and Skills Committee
Training packages do not specify how a learner should be trained. Rather, they provide a set of standards for assessing the skills and knowledge required to perform effectively in the workplace.
Training packages are regularly assessed for quality and reviewed to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of industry, students and the community.
Victorian government subsided training is offered for each training package in Victoria. Victorian Purchasing Guides provide RTOs with:
- minimum and maximum hour allocation for each qualification;
- nominal hours for each unit of competency; and
- sample training programs.
Information on nationally endorsed training packages are available on the national register.
See: Department of Education and Training (federal government).
VET accredited courses
VET accredited courses can be developed by RTOs, organisations, individuals, governments or regulatory bodies to address skill requirements for industry, enterprise, education, legislative or community needs where these are not covered in nationally endorsed training packages.
VET accredited courses are then accredited by a VET accrediting body, to confirm that each course:
- is nationally recognised;
- meets an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community need;
- provides appropriate competency outcomes and a satisfactory basis for assessment;
- meets national quality assurance requirements; and
- is aligned appropriately to the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) where it leads to a qualification.
The national register lists the copyright details of a VET accredited course but does not provide any detail on course content.
In addition, the Department of Education and Training (DET) has developed a number of VET accredited courses to meet the skills needs of the community and industry in Victoria. The content of DET accredited courses is available for public access and use.
For more information, see:
DET accredited courses
For more information on DET accredited courses and Victorian Purchasing Guides you can contact the relevant Curriculum Maintenance Manager (CMM).