Training packages

Training packages are a key feature of Australia's national VET system.

Training package qualifications are the occupational skills standards against which training delivery and assessment of competency take place. They are developed through a process of national consultation with industry.

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Training packages are used as the basis for most of the programs delivered in the VET system, including Australian Apprenticeships, training courses offered by registered training organisations, VET in Schools programs, recognition of existing skills, and occupational licensing.

The aims of training packages are to:

  • help the VET system achieve a better match between skills demand and supply
  • encourage flexible and relevant workforce development and learning
  • provide for the national recognition of the vocational outcomes of learning
  • guide and support individuals in their choice of training and career.

Training Package Organising Framework

The Training Package Organising Framework is a set of rules owned by Skills Ministers. It includes content and process requirements guiding the development and content of nationally-recognised training packages, and is made up of the:

The framework was updated in November 2022 in preparation for new industry engagement arrangements and policies which commenced from 1 January 2023. This included the establishment of Jobs and Skills Councils. Further details can be found on the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website.

Publications

Following endorsement, training packages are published on the National Register of VET training website.

The Mandatory Workplace Requirements: Good Practice Guide provides training product developers with consistent and clear guidance for determining, justifying, and drafting mandatory workplace requirements for inclusion in training products.

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