An understanding of the Higher Education and Vocational Education sectors in Australia.
The Higher Education sector in Australia is made up of universities and other higher education institutions are often referred to as higher education providers. The national regulator for the higher education sector is the Tertiary Education Standards Agency (TEQSA). Its responsibilities include the registration and evaluation of the performance of higher education providers against the Higher Education Standards Framework. In Australia, universities are self-accrediting institutions and each university has its own establishment legislation (generally State and Territory legislation). Universities and a small number of other higher education providers are authorised by TEQSA to accredit the qualifications which they deliver. Universities receive the majority of their public funding from the Australian Government, through the Higher Education Support Act 2003. Higher education institutions also include non-self-accrediting institutions that are registered by TEQSA before they can deliver higher education qualifications.
The Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector provides students with the opportunity to gain the skills they need to enter the workforce for the first time, re-enter the workforce, upgrade their skills for an existing job, retrain for a new job and gain additional qualifications. Traineeships and apprenticeships are available in a diverse range of trades and other occupations in most sectors of business and industry. VET qualifications are delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that must be registered to be able to provide government-accredited qualifications. Nationally-recognised VET qualifications can range from Certificate I to Certificate IV to Advanced Diploma. They also include Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates accredited by a VET accrediting authority.
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