Tertiary education: a quick guide to key internet links
11 November 2013
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This Quick Guide provides key internet links to information about:
Note: administrative arrangements announced on 18 September 2013 have altered departmental responsibility for tertiary education. Therefore, links to the Australian Government websites listed below may change as new arrangements take effect.
- The Australian Qualifications Framework is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.
- The Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) is the COAG committee with high-level policy responsibility for:
- higher education
- VET, including skills and workforce development
- international education
- adult and community education and
- Study Assist has information on Australian Government financial assistance available to tertiary education students.
- The Australian Government’s Higher Education Statistics Collection includes current and time series data on university finances, students and staff.
- Graduate Careers Australia conducts research into the outcomes and experiences of higher education students and graduates including graduate employment and earnings.
- The Higher Education Reports website includes the annual Higher Education Report and summary data on admissions and offers.
- Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR cut-off scores are available for some states: New South Wales (includes the Australian Capital Territory), Victoria (have to search by course), South Australia (see Universities Semester 1,Table X, ‘Year 12 cut-off scores’) and Western Australia.
Vocational education and training
- The Department of Industry has responsibility for VET and its website provides access to information about Australian Government VET policies and programs. The information includes an overview of the major policies and frameworks in the VET sector.
- The Annual National Report of the Australian Vocational Education and Training System includes an overview of the national VET system, an analysis of the system’s performance and key statistics, and a summary of Australian, state and territory government developments.
- The annual Report on Government Services, published by the Productivity Commission, provides an overview of the VET system, key statistics and funding information.
- The Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations (IGA), agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments, provides for the Australian Government’s National Skills and Workforce Development Specific Purpose Payment (SPP).
- The National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD), formulated as part of the IGA, defines the objectives, outcomes, outputs and performance measures and the roles and responsibilities that guide the Australian and the state and territory governments in the delivery of services across the skills and workforce development sector.
- The annual National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development: performance report is a report on governments' progress against the agreed objectives and outcomes of the NASWD.
- There are two National Partnerships associated with the NAWSD—the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform and the National Partnership Agreement on Youth Attainment and Transitions.
- The Australian Skills Quality Authority is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector.
- training.gov.au is the official national register of information on training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and Registered Training Organisations.
- Australian Apprenticeships provides information on the Australian Government’s programs to support apprenticeships and traineeships.
- My Skills has a range of information about training options and providers, and includes statistics on student enrolments and outcomes.
State and territory government websites
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
International students in Australia
Adult and community education
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