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This Quick Guide provides key internet links to information
- 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.
- Study Assist
has information on Australian Government financial assistance available to
tertiary education students.
- The Australian Taxation Office provides statistics
for the Higher education Loan Program (HELP) loans available to tertiary
students, covering amount of outstanding debt, number of people with debts,
size of outstanding debt, and time to repay. Updated
Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt statistics—2019–20 provides
an overview of this data.
- The Australian Government’s Higher Education
Statistics Collection, administered by DESE, includes current and time
series data on higher education students and staff.
- DESE also publishes summary data on university undergraduate
applications, offers and acceptances, and the Finance
Publication series, which provides information on university finances.
- TEQSA publishes an annual statistics
report on registered higher education providers, which includes
universities and non-university higher education providers. Information about
providers, students, and courses is provided.
- The Quality Indicators for
Learning and Teaching website has information about the student experience
and graduate employment outcomes from surveys of students, graduates and
- Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank cut-off scores are available
for some states: New
South Wales including the Australian Capital Territory (Main round
cut-offs), Victoria (Selection
data), South Australia and Western
Vocational education and
- Responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) is
shared between the Australian Government and state and territory governments. DESE has responsibility
for Australian Government VET policy and programs.
- 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.
- 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 Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Performance
Reporting Dashboard—Skills provides an annual report on governments'
progress against the agreed objectives and outcomes of the NASWD.
Student Loans for students in eligible VET courses are provided under the VET Student Loans
Act 2016, and Trade
Support Loans for apprentices are provided under the Trade Support Loans
- The Australian Skills Quality
Authority, operating under the National Vocational
Education and Training Regulator Act 2011, is the national regulator
is the official national register of information on training packages,
qualifications, courses, units of competency and Registered Training
- 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
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
International students in Australia
Adult and community education
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