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Access and equity means policies and approaches aimed at ensuring that VET is responsive to the individual needs of clients whose age, gender, cultural or ethnic background, disability, sexuality, language skills, literacy or numeracy level, unemployment, imprisonment or remote location may present a barrier to access, participation and the achievement of suitable outcomes.

Accredited course is a course accredited by the VRQA, TACWA or ASQA that meets national Standards for Accredited Courses.

Accredited short course is a course accredited by VRQA, TACWA or ASQA that does not meet the AQF specificatons for a qualification level. Graduates of an accredited short course receive a Statement of Attainment.

ACFE - Adult, Community and Further Education.

ACSF is the Australian Core Skills Framework which describes an individual’s performance in the five core skills of learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy across three interactive dimensions.

Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening.

Apprentice means a person whom an employer has undertaken to train under a training contract.

AQF is the Australian Qualifications Framework, 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

AQF certification documentation is the set of official documents that confirms that an AQF qualification or statement of attainment has been issued to an individual.

AQF qualification is the result of an accredited complete program of learning that leads to formal certification that a graduate has achieved learning outcomes as described in the AQF

AQTF is the Australian Quality Training Framework. The AQTF is the set of standards approved by State and Territory ministers, which is applied by the VRQA to ensure high quality training and assessment services.

Articulation is the arrangements that facilitate the movement or progression of learners from one qualification or course to another, or from one education and training sector to another.

Assessment means the process of collecting evidence and making judgements on whether competency has been achieved, to confirm that an individual can perform to the standard required in the workplace, as specified in a training package or VET accredited course.

Assessors are persons who have the appropriate requirements to assess a learner’s competence.

Audit means an audit undertaken by VRQA. The VRQA audit process is to ensure the compliance of a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with the necessary AQTF standards and VRQA Guidelines.

Australian Industry and Skills Council (AISC) The Australian Industry and Skills Committee provides advice on the implementation of national VET policies, quality assurance and approval of training packages for implementation, provides direction on the VET sector’s research priorities and coordinates industry engagement with the COAG Industry and Skills Council.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national VET regulator, established in 2011. It regulates RTOs that provide courses to domestic and overseas students, where training delivery is not limited to Victoria and Western Australia.

Authenticated VET transcript has the meaning given in the Student Identifiers Act 2014.

AVETMISS is the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard. It is a comprehensive, integrated suite of statistical standards for the collection and publication of VET information. NCVER maintains and updates the AVETMISS standards which ensure the consistency and accuracy of vocational education and training (VET) information.


CECV - Catholic Education Commission of Victoria.

COAG - Council of Australian Governments.

COAG Industry and Skills Council is composed of Ministers from the Commonwealth, States and Territories with portfolio responsibility for Industry and Skills in their jurisdiction. It facilitates consultation and cooperation between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories relating to industry and skills. It replaces the former Standing Council for Tertiary Education Skills and Employment (SCOTESE).

Competency means the consistent application of knowledge and skill to the standard of performance required in the workplace. It embodies the ability to transfer and apply skills and knowledge to new situations and environments.

Compulsory school age means not less than 6 and not more than 17 years of age.

Contextualisation is the addition of industry or enterprise/organisation specific information to a unit of competency to tailor the unit of competency to reflect the immediate operating context and thereby increase its relevance.

Course concept proposal is an application submitted to the VRQA to develop a proposed course for accreditation. It must provide evidence of industry, community or educational needs for the proposed course, and that it will not duplicate the outcomes of a training package qualification or unit of competency.

CRICOS - Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students.


DET - Victorian Department of Education and Training

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