Quality assurance in VET
The National Training Framework is an agreement between the Australian Federal Government and Australian state and territory Governments in Australia on the nationally consistent training products and quality assurance arrangements for the vocational education and training (VET) system.
The Australian Quality Training Framework consists of two sets of standards: one for the State and Territory Accrediting and Registering bodies, and another for VET providers. Institutions wishing to offer vocational education and training courses to students must be a 'Registered Training Organisation' (RTO) and provide evidence of compliance with the AQTF standards.
Peak VET sector bodies
The Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET) is the peak association of private providers of higher education and vocational education and training in Australia. It represents over 400 members in dealing with government, the education and training community and has, as its mission, the enhancement of quality, choice, innovation and diversity in Australian education and training for individual, national and global development.
The Australian Council of Independent Vocational Colleges (ACIVC) is the peak body of private vocational colleges in Australia that deliver business and business-related courses. It promotes quality training and ethical standards and operates its own Tuition Assurance Scheme which guarantees that students will be provided with the tuition for which they have enrolled.
TAFE Directors Australia enjoys membership from institutes across all Australia’s states and territories. TDA is now the body representing the TAFE sector on Australia’s vocational qualifications and policy bodies.
Education Services for Overseas Students ESOS
All students on a student visa are covered by the consumer and financial protections of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000.
A brief summary of the ESOS Framework is available for download.