AASNAustralian Apprenticeship Support NetworkThe Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) replaced Australian Apprenticeships Centres nationally on 1 July 2015. A total of 11 Apprenticeship Network providers deliver support services to employers and Australian Apprentices from around 400 locations nationally, including in rural and remote areas.
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
AISAustralian Industry StandardsAustralian Industry Standards (AIS) is a government-funded Skills Service Organsiation that develops skills standards across a range of Australian industries including: Transport and Logistics; Maritime and Ports; Aviation; and Rail.
AISCAustralian Industry and Skills CommitteeThe AISC consists of industry leaders across Australia to provide leadership on the VET sector, ensuring that directions taken by Ministers are informed by an industry perspective focused on the quality and relevance of the national training system.
AMSAAustralian Maritime Safety AuthorityThe Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is a statutory authority established under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990.
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.


CASACivil Aviation Safety AuthorityThe Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) was established on 6 July 1995 as an independent statutory authority. CASA’s primary function is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas. It is also required to provide comprehensive safety education and training programmes.
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.
CoRChain of ResponsibilityChain of Responsibility recognises the responsibilities that others have in the transportation of goods by road, beyond that of just the driver and operator. Chain of Responsibility legislation was introduced into WA law on 27 April 2015.
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.


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.
DETDepartment of Education and TrainingDET is the federal department responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable early childcare and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.
DIISDepartment of Industry, Innovation and ScienceThe vision of DIIS is to enable growth and productivity for globally competitive industries. The Department has four key objectives: supporting science and commercialisation, growing business investment and improving business capability, streamlining regulation, and building a high performance organisation.
DoTDepartment of TransportThe key focus of the WA Department of Transport is on operational transport functions and strategic transport planning and policy across the range of public and commercial transport systems that service WA.
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.


IRCsIndustry Reference CommitteesThe IRCs drive the process of training package development, and are made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge of their particular industry sector. It’s their job to ensure training packages address the needs and concerns of employers, employees, those who provide the training and those seeking its benefits. IRCs are supported by independent and professional Skills Service Organisations (SSOs), which are also a key access point for industry stakeholders wishing to play a part in training package development.
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.
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.
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.


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.


SBA/SBTSchool-based Apprenticeship/School-based TraineeshipA structured paid employment based training program that leads to school based apprentices or school based trainees gaining a nationally recognised qualification. School based apprenticeships and traineeships are part time and subject to conditions stipulated on the Public Register.
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.
SkillsIQSkillsIQSkillsIQ is a government-funded Skills Service Organisation supporting industry to develop standards to equip the people-facing workforce with the right skills for jobs now and the coverage. SkillsIQ’s industry coverage includes the wholesale sector
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.
SSOsSkills Service OrganisationsSkills Service Organisations (SSOs) support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in their work to develop and review training packages.
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.


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. is the National Register on Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia. is managed by the Department of Education and Training on behalf of State and Territory Governments.
T&LTransport and LogisticsReferring to Transport and Logistics
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.
VETiSVocational Education and Training in SchoolsA program which allows students to combine vocational students with their general curriculum. Students participating in VET in Schools continue to work towards their Senior Secondary School Certificate, while the VET component of their studies gives them credit towards a nationally recognised VET qualification. VET in Schools programs may involved structured work placements.
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.


WLWorkplace LearningWorkplace Learning enables schools and industry to work together to provide opportunities for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to prepare for the workplace. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority has developed a Workplace Learning program, which is managed by individual schools. Students who successfully complete this program can count it as the equivalent of one unit towards their 20 units required to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)