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Australian VET Sector

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How many international students Gets enrolled in VET?

According to the Department , in 2017 there were 213,814 international student enrolments in VET courses in Australia. India is one of the top three countries.

Who are VET students?

• schools leavers seeking to acquire practical skills for work; • school leavers seeking an alternative pathway to university; • workers who are seeking to further develop their career skills; • university graduates who need to acquire practical skills for the work; • those simply wishing to develop their personal interests

What courses does VET provide?

VET providers offer a very large range of courses from Certificate I through to Bachelor Degrees, Graduate Certificates and sometimes Graduate Diplomas.

VET Institutions

The Australian VET system is publicly and privately funded and is delivered by a wide variety of training institutions and enterprises.


Technical and Further Education: There are currently 59 TAFE institutes that deliver VET training across Australia.

Private Colleges

There are approximately 5000 other registered providers of VET courses.

VET in Schools

Over 95 per cent of Australia's secondary schools that offer senior secondary programs also offer VET programs to their senior students.

Australian VET qualifications

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General aims of Certificate level courses

Preparing candidates for both employment & further education/training And To recognise skills & knowledge that meet national industry standards

General aims of Diploma courses

Preparing students to use their skills & knowledge based on fundamental principles & complex techniques And To recognise the ability to show initiative & judgment across a broad range of technical/management functions

Australian VET entry requirements

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Entry requirements for a certificate level course

• a qualification equivalent to Grade10-12 in an Australian high school; • an English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL paper based 530-550 or equivalent in other accepted language tests

Entry requirements for above certificate level course

This may take into account previous training and experience within an industry. This process is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Pathways to Higher Education

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How is it possible?

AQF qualifications link with each other in a range of learning pathways between schools, VET providers and universities. This encourages cross-sectoral linkage programs

VET in Schools

This allows schools to offer industry based units of learning that can contribute to both the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education and Certificate I - IV qualification

Articulation and Credit Transfer Arrangements between registered VET providers and universities

This involves the efficient articulation of programs and maximum credit transfer

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

Credits are granted towards qualifications through assessment of an individual's knowledge and skills gained through education, training, work and life experience

Advantages of VET:

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• It gives students access to many job opportunities after as little as ten months of training and higher earnings based on their improved qualifications..

• Students can develop both practical and professional skills that are taught by industry experienced instructors.

• About 70 to 80% of employers are very satisfied with VET training since it provides students with appropriate skills, which leads to increased productivity.

• The vocational and practical nature of VET curricula places less pressure on students with lower levels of English proficiency. This gives these students more time to develop their language skills before undertaking academic level studies if they wish to continue