International skills engagement

International skills engagement is progressed by maintaining systems and policies to support the vocational education and training (VET) student market, both here and overseas. This helps to ensure Australia is seen as an international leader in skills policy and system design.

VET International Engagement Strategy 2025

The VET International Engagement Strategy 2025 (the Strategy) was launched in December 2019.

The Strategy aims to:

  • Deliver on the full potential and reputation of the Australian VET sector internationally
  • Ensure the sustainable growth of the sector
  • Position Australia as a:
    • Country of choice for international VET students
    • Leader in the development of a globally skilled workforce

Organisations and agencies can use the Strategy as a guide to inform their individual strategic plans and international engagement activities.

The VET International Engagement Strategy is complimented by the Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030.

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International Skills Training (IST) Courses

The International Skills Training (IST) courses were launched by the Australian Government in April 2017 to deliver training courses specifically designed and developed for the offshore international student market.

IST courses have been developed by Australian Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) experts and are approved by the Australian Government for delivery by quality Australian Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). IST courses support global demand for quality training and assessment skills which bolster aspirations for economic growth.

Australian RTOs can apply for a licence to deliver the International Skills Training - Training and Assessment courses. For more information on what IST courses are, how to apply for a license and information on course delivery go to the International Skills Training (IST) courses page or email

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