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Industry Skills Councils (ISCS), Training Packages and the Vocational Education and Training (VET) System

Vocational Education and Training (VET) focuses on developing real world practical skills, which allow graduates to contribute to productivity from the moment they step onto a worksite.

Qualifications are designed by panels of technical industry experts (drawn from businesses around the country) to reflect actual job roles. Each qualification describes;

  • the functions that a worker is required to undertake on the job,

  • the standard at which these must be performed and

  • the underpinning knowledge, skills and attitude required to work in a safe productive manner

ISCs are responsible for overseeing the qualification development process, ensuring qualifications comply with government policy and grouping them in national industry specific Training Packages. This process ensures that the standards applied to nationally recognised training are the same right across the country, providing confidence to employers and employees alike.

Once a Training Package has been developed and endorsed, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are responsible for delivering training and assessment to students. RTOs include public (like TAFE), private and enterprise based providers. Regardless of what type of organisation they are, each RTO must apply the training standards developed by industry in the same way and recognise training completed with another institution.

For more information on Training Packages, qualifications, courses, Units of Competency and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), please visit



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