Training packages are a key feature of Australia's national vocational education and training (VET) system.
Training package qualifications are occupational skills standards against which training delivery and assessment of competency can 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 programmes delivered in the VET system, including Australian Apprenticeships, training courses offered by registered training organisations, VET in Schools programmes, 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 which include content and process requirements that guide the development and content of nationally recognised training packages. It is comprised of the following policies:
- Standards for Training Packages ('the Standards’) – sets the overarching design and development requirements of training products for endorsement by Skills Ministers.
- Training Package Products Policy (TPPP) – outlines the design rules that must be adhered to when developing or modifying a training product.
- Training Package Products Development and Endorsement Process Policy (TPPDEPP) – outlines the process for developing and seeking the endorsement of training products.
The Training Package Organising Framework was updated in November 2022 in preparation for the implementation of new industry engagement arrangements from January 2023. This includes the establishment of Jobs and Skills Councils. The updated policies commenced on 1 January 2023. Further details of the new industry engagement arrangements can be found on the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website.
Following endorsement, training packages are published on the National Register of VET training website to allow implementation within the VET sector.
The Mandatory Workplace Requirements: Good Practice Guide contains relevant guidance to provide consistency and clarity to training product developers when determining, justifying, and drafting mandatory workplace requirements for inclusion in training products.