AACAustralian Apprenticeships CentresAustralian Apprenticeships Centres provide information and support to employers and Australian Apprentices. They assist with the signing of training contracts and also, assess, approve and process the payment of Australian Government incentives to eligible employers, and personal benefits to eligible Australian Apprentices.
AATINFOAustralian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information ServiceThis website provides apprenticeships and traineeships information and resources for Australian Apprenticeships Centres, Registered Training Organisations, Group Training Organisations, Job Services Australia providers and other service providers and stakeholders.
ACPETAustralian Council for Private Education and TrainingACPET is the national industry association for independent providers of post-compulsory education and training, for Australian and international students
ANZICAustralian and New Zealand Standard Industrial ClassificationANZSIC was jointly developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics New Zealand in order to categorise Australian and New Zealand businesses into standard industry classifications.  
ANZSCOAustralian and New Zealand Standard Classification of OccupationsThe ANZSCO is a classification system that provides for the standardised collection, analysis, and dissemination of occupation data.
ASQAAustralian Skills Quality AuthorityThe Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.
ATSIAboriginal and Torres Strait IslanderReferring to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
AQFAustralian Qualifications FrameworkA unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training and the higher education sector.
AQTFAustralian Quality Training Framework 2010 (AQTF 2010)A national set of standards which assures nationally consistent, high-quality training and assessment services for the clients of Australia’s vocational education and training system.


CBTCompetency Based TrainingCompetency based training is an approach to vocational education and training that places emphasis on what a person can do in the workplace as a result of completing a program of training or based on workplace experience and learning.
CCIChamber of Commerce and Industry (WA)CCI is a form of business network whose goal it is to further the interests of businesses in WA by encouraging free enterprise, supporting business and making available relevant products and services to business.
COAGCouncil of Australian GovernmentsThe peak intergovernmental forum in Australia, comprising the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association. The role of COAG is to initiate, develop and monitor the implementation of policy reforms that are of national significance and which require cooperative action by Australian governments.
CRICOSCommonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas StudentsCRICOS is the official Australian Government register that lists all Australian education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas and the courses offered.


DEEWRDepartment of Education, Employment and Workplace RelationsDEEWR is the federal department responsible for national policies and programs that enable access to quality and affordable childcare; early childhood and school education; jobs; and fair, safe and productive workplaces.
DESDepartment of Education Services (WA)The Department of Education Services provides services to the education and training sectors of Western Australia through funding and providing policy, research, planning and legislative advice.
DIISRTEDepartment of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary EducationDIISRTE works with stakeholders to help shape the future economy, through skills, learning, discovery and innovation. The department, and the wider portfolio, are working to accelerate productivity growth and secure Australia’s prosperity in a competitive global economy.
DTWDDepartment of Training and Workforce DevelopmentThe Department, in addition to its training role, has a broader responsibility for building, attracting and retaining a skilled workforce to meet the economic needs of Western Australia.


ESLEnglish as a second languageEnglish as a second language (ESL) is the use or study of English by speakers with different native languages.


GTOGroup Training OrganisationsUnder a contractual arrangement employs and places apprentices and trainees with host employers who are responsible for the quality and continuity of the apprentices/trainee employment and training. GTOs are required to be registered with the DTWD and to meet the National Standards for Group Training.


ISCIndustry Skills CouncilsThe ISCs provide advice and information between the national VET system and industry. They have two key roles: provision of accurate industry intelligence to the VET sector about current and future skill needs and training requirements, and supporting the development, implementation and continuous improvement of quality nationally recognised training products and services, including Training Packages. There are 11 such Councils and much of the funding is provided by DEEWR.
ITABIndustry Training Advisory BodiesAn association, whether incorporated or not, which is conversant with, and capable of giving advice in relation to, the vocational education and training requirements of a particular industry. Referred to as Training Councils (TC) in Western Australia. Also known as Industry Training Councils (ITC)


LLNLanguage, Literacy and NumeracyLLN training seeks to improve participants’ language, literacy and/or numeracy skills, with the expectation that such improvements will enable them to participate more effectively in training or in the labour force.


NCETSNational Centre for Education and Training StatisticsThe Australian Bureau of Statistics national centre. The NCETS includes the National Education and Training Statistics Unit (NETSU) among its specialist working groups.
NCVERNational Centre for Vocational Education ResearchA national research, evaluation and information organisation for the vocational education and training (VET) sector – jointly owned by the Australian Government, state and territory ministers responsible for vocational education and training. Collects and disseminates national VET statistics, surveys VET graduate students and employers and disseminates information through the VOCED research database, library and clearinghouse, conferences, workshops, sales of printed publications and maintenance of a web site.
NSSCNational Skills Standards CouncilA new committee established in July 2011 to provide advice to the Standing Council for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE), successor of the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE), on national standards for regulation of vocational education and training. This role was previously undertaken by the National Quality Council (NQC), which was dissolved in late June 2011.
NSFNational Skills FrameworkComprises the Australian Quality Training Framework and Training Packages.
NTCNational Transport CommissionThe National Transport Commission (NTC) is an inter-governmental agency charged with improving the productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia’s road, rail and intermodal transport system.
NTFNational Training FrameworkA nationally consistent industry-led system designed to provide high quality skill outcomes, nationally recognised qualifications and improve the competitiveness of enterprises and the nation.
NTISNational Training Information ServiceA database on vocational education and training in Australia. The official national register of information on Training Packages, Qualifications, Courses, Units of Competency and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and has been developed for experienced training sector users. Developed by federal and state governments to provide access to current and emerging training market information and products in vocational education and training.
NTSNational Training SystemA set of organisational arrangements between the Australian Government, State and Territory governments working with industry, employers and training providers to deliver vocational education and training. Its key roles are driving economic growth and addressing areas of skills needs. Through strong industry leadership, the national training system provides Australians with the skills needed to enter the workforce for the first time, to re-enter the workforce, to retrain for a new job, to upgrade skills for an existing job, and to learn throughout their lives.
NWDFNational Workforce Development FundThe NWDF helps businesses to identify and address the training needs of their new and existing workers. Businesses can apply for funding to support this training and the Industry Skills Councils (see ISC)play a key role in helping to identify the training gaps, selecting a training provider and monitoring the training implementation. The Fund helps individual enterprises to increase their workforce capacity by providing new and existing workers with the opportunity to enhance their skill levels through formal training.


RCCRecognition of Current CompetenciesThe assessment of a person’s current capacity to perform; it applies if an individual has previously successfully completed the requirements for a unit of competency or a module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.
RPLRecognition of Prior LearningThis acknowledges competencies acquired through training, work or life experiences that may be used to grant status or credit in a subject or module.
RTORegistered Training OrganisationProviders and assessors of nationally recognised training. Meets AQTF standards and delivers, assesses and issues AQF qualifications and statements of attainment. Only RTOs can issue nationally recognised qualifications.


SCOTESEStanding Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and EmploymentA new COAG Standing Council established in September 2011 to replace the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment. It has high-level policy responsibility for the national tertiary education, skills and employment system, including strategic policy, priority setting, planning and performance, and key cross-sectoral issues.
SPOLState Priority Occupation ListThe State priority occupation list is an annually produced list of skilled occupations in high demand or considered industry-critical in Western Australia.
SSAService Skills AustraliaService Skills Australia is one of 11 Industry Skills Councils (see ISCs). SSA represents a range of industry sectors including wholesale which the LTC covers. SSA is a comprehensive source of expert, independent advice for industry, training organisations and employees, students and jobseekers regarding skills development in the wholesale industry.
STBState Training Board (WA)The Board is the peak industry training advisory body to the Minister for Training in Western Australia with the role to provide high level advice to the Minister on the supply and demand for skills. One of the functions of the Board is the preparation of the State Training Profile.
SWLStructured Workplace LearningThe on-the-job or work placement component of a VET in Schools program. The competencies or ‘learning outcomes’ commonly reflect nationally recognised, industry-defined competency standards. The student is not paid by the employer.


TACTraining Accreditation CouncilThe Training Accreditation Council is Western Australia’s State Registering/Course Accrediting Body and is responsible for quality assurance and recognition of vocational education and training services in Western Australia. This includes: the registration of training providers; the accreditation of courses; the recognition of skills and qualifications; and providing policy advice to the State Training Board on recognition arrangements. Meets twice per month to consider applications for course accreditation and registration matters.
TAFETechnical and Further EducationA publicly funded post-secondary organisation which provides a range of technical and vocational education and training courses and other programs, e.g. entry and bridging courses, language and literacy courses, adult basic education courses, Senior Secondary Certificate of Education courses, personal enrichment courses, and small business courses. Each state and territory has its own TAFE system. They are the primary providers of publicly-funded vocational education and training.
TAFEWATechnical and Further Education in Western AustraliaTechnical and further education colleges in Western Australia.
TCTraining CouncilAn association, whether incorporated or not, which is conversant with, and capable of giving advice in relation to, the vocational education and training requirements of a particular industry. See ITAB.
TEQSATertiary Education Quality and Standards AgencyA new national regulatory and quality agency for higher education established on 1 July 2011 as a quality assurance agency and will commence its regulatory functions from 1 January 2012. TEQSA will join together the regulatory activity currently undertaken in the States and Territories with the quality assurance activities currently undertaken by the Australian Universities Quality Agency.
T&LTransport and LogisticsReferring to Transport and Logistics
TLISCTransport and Logistics Industry Skills CouncilThe Transport and Industry Logistics Skills Council is one of 11 Industry Skills Councils (see ISCs). TLISC is chartered with driving the skills and workforce development agenda across the entire transport and logistics industry which encompasses activities in road transport, warehousing, rail, aviation, maritime, logistics and ports.
TVETTechnical and Vocational Education and Training (Australia)TVET Australia Ltd is a company owned by the members of the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE). It provides secretariat and other services to the National Quality Council and the National Industry Skills Committee, manages the National Audit and Registration Agency and TVET Product Services.


USIUnique student identifierA national student identifier (or number) for vocational educational education and training (VET) students with the capability of being fully integrated with the entire education and training system and, potentially, also covering early childhood education. A USI would enable all training activity to be linked, facilitating electronic training records of learner attainment (e-portfolios), irrespective of where the training took place. The USI is a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) initiative, which will be introduced from 1 January 2014, when it will be mandatory for all new and continuing VET students to have a USI.


VETVocational Education and TrainingThe sector which deals with vocational education and training. It is a national system designed to skill workers for particular industries. It is underpinned by a National Training Framework. The education and training is delivered by technical and further education TAFE colleges and institutes or registered private providers.
VETinfoNetVETinfoNetVETinfoNet is the Vocational Education and Training Directorate in Western Australia for the Department of Training and Workforce Development. It provides a range of information concerning training packages, professional development, curriculum development and community learning
VETiSVocational Education and Training in SchoolsVocational education and training delivered by schools.
VOCEDVocational EducationA research database for technical and vocational education and training. It is an international database of research abstracts with a special focus on Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Produced by NCVER and endorsed by UNESCO.


WELLWorkplace English Language and Literacy ProgramA program provided in the workplace to develop workers’ English language and literacy skills.