The training and skills sector, also known as vocational education and training (or VET), helps Australians gain new skills and upgrade existing skills.

The government supports the sector through policies and funding for programs.



Pre-vocational and Apprenticeships

Skills assessment and skilling the workforce

Mutual recognition of regulated occupations

Mutual recognition arrangements, implemented through Commonwealth legislation, assist in improving skills mobility for licensed workers within Australia and between Australia and New Zealand. The agreements enable a licensed worker to have their licence recognised in another jurisdiction if equivalent work is licensed in both jurisdictions.


  • National initiatives aimed at improving the training and skills sector

Vocational Education and Training Reform

  • The VET Reform Taskforce has been established to investigate ways to enhance the capacity of the system to deliver quality training that is responsive to industry needs.

Literacy and numeracy

Literacy and numeracy programs and initiatives that improve skills for adults and literacy and numeracy training in the workplace

Resources and publications

  • About
    More about the skills sector and the support the government provides
  • News
    Latest news from the government about the skills sector
  • Policy
    About the VET national regulator, and frameworks and guidelines for developing training packages, transition pathways and foundation skills
  • Resources and publications
    Including a directory of related websites, annual reports of the Australian VET system, and publications on science, engineering and technology skills
  • Skills website directory
    Access to a directory of skills related websites, including: