The training and skills sector, also known as vocational education and training (VET), gives Australians the opportunity to gain the skills they need to enter the workforce for the first time, to re-enter the workforce, to retrain for a new job, or to upgrade their skills for an existing job.

The Australian Government takes a lead role in promoting a post-school education and training system that is nationally consistent and coherent, responsive to individual, industry and community needs and recognised as providing quality outcomes. To achieve this, the Australian Government works with state and territory governments, education and training providers and industry.

Following the release of the 2014-15 Federal Budget, the Department of Industry has prepared some answers to frequently asked questions about the Australian Government’s new initiatives and the reforms taking place in the VET sector. These answers, as well as additional information on how to register your interest in upcoming initiatives such as the Industry Skills Fund, are available on the VET reform website.

Assistance for industry, business and employers

Assistance for individuals

Assistance for trainers and practitioners

Awards and events

Skills recognition and international connections

Regulation, reforms and initiatives

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Industry Portfolio Regulation Reform

The portfolio is committed to a regulation reform agenda as a means of unlocking productivity and competitiveness gains for industry.