Skills information for training providers

Skills information for training providers helps to ensure Vocational Education and Training (VET) is meeting the expected standards. This supports students to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workplace.

Information for providers

This section describes the core skills needed to succeed in training and work. The quality and standards frameworks ensure providers develop courses that provide these skills.

Core skills

  • Australian Core Skills Framework describes the main skills and achievement levels needed in:
    • Learning
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Oral communication
    • Numeracy
  • Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework describes the main non-technical skills needed, including:
    • Problem solving
    • Collaboration
    • Self-management
    • Communication
    • Information technology
  • LiteracyNet provides a range of professional development, resource and research sites for trainers and employers

Foundation skills

Training packages

Training packages are sets of competency standards and their related:

  • Assessment requirements
  • Qualifications
  • Credit arrangements
  • Guidance information

The standards are defined by industry and make sure that VET training meets their needs and the needs of businesses and students.


National standards

The National Regulatory Framework makes sure all students enrolled in VET in receive training and assessment services that are:

  • Nationally consistent
  • High-quality

Reporting requirements

Registered training organisations must collect and and report on VET activity to the National VET Provider Collection.

Find out more about the National VET Data Policy

Information about providers

There are a number of directories to help people find information about VET courses and providers. Training providers must make sure their information is regularly updated and correct.

These directories hold information such as:

  • Training packages
  • Qualifications
  • Accredited courses
  • Units of competency
  • Skill sets

Course and provider directories

Providers and courses for international students

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students lists all Australian providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas.

VETNet has resources relating to the national VET sector.

Unique Student Identifier

Students need to have a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) so a training organisation can:

  • Issue a qualification or statement of attainment
  • Link their USI to the National VET Data Collection, which ets students see:
    • All of their training results from all providers
    • All completed training units and qualifications