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TACWA is the Training Accreditation Council Western Australia. TAC is Western Australia's registering and course accrediting body. It is responsible for the quality assurance and recognition of vocational education and training (VET) services of training providers delivering nationally recognised training to domestic students only in Western Australia only, or in both Western Australia and Victoria.

TAFE - Technical and Further Education

TEQSA - Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

Testamur is an official certification document that confirms that a qualification has been awarded to an individual.
Third party means any party that provides services on behalf of the RTO but does not include a contract of employment between an RTO and its employee.

Training means training whether by way of course, instruction or practical training in the knowledge and skills required for a vocation.

Training and assessment strategies and practices are the approach of, and method adopted by an RTO with respect to training and assessment designed to enable learners to meet the requirements of the training package or accredited course.

Training contract means a training contract entered into between an apprentice and an employer in accordance with the requirements of the ETR Act. is the National Register for the VET sector. It holds information about training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency as well as details of registered training organisations and the scope of training they are registered to deliver.

Training package means the components of a training package endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee in accordance with the Standards for Training Packages.

The endorsed components of a training package are:

  • units of competency;
  • assessment requirements (associated with each unit of competency);
  • qualifications; and credit arrangements.

The endorsed components form part of the requirements that an RTO registered by the VRQA must meet under the AQTF standards and VRQA Guidelines. A training package also consists of non-endorsed, quality assured companion volumes which contain industry advice to RTOs on implementation.

Training plan is a program of training and assessment which is required under an Apprenticeship/Traineeship Training Contract

Training product means AQF qualification, skill set, unit of competency or accredited course.

Transition period is the allowable timeframe within which the RTO must transition from a superseded qualification to the replacement qualification. The transition period is 12 months from the ‘Release date’ of the training package qualification as published on TGA.

Tuition Assurance Scheme (TAS) is a scheme approved by the Australian Government Minister for Education to ensure that overseas students receive the course for which they have paid.


Unit of competency means the specification of the standards of performance required in the workplace as defined in a training package.

Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a requirement under Commonwealth legislation and conditions of registration for training organisations. A USI is an account (or reference number) made up of numbers and letters that provides students with online access to their training records and results (transcript). RTOs must have a valid USI for students before issuing a student with a qualification or statement of attainment.


VAGO - Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

Validation is the quality review of the assessment process. Validation involves checking that the assessment tool/s produce/s valid, reliable, sufficient, current and authentic evidence to enable reasonable judgements to be made as to whether the requirements of the training package or VET accredited courses are met. It includes reviewing a statistically valid sample of the assessments and making recommendations for future improvements to the assessment tool, process and/or outcomes and acting upon such recommendations.

VCAL - Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning 

VCAT - Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

VCE - Victorian Certificate of Education

VET means vocational education and training. VET is post-compulsory education and training (excluding degree and higher level programs delivered by further education institutions) which provides people with occupational or work-related knowledge and skills.

VET activity reporting requirements are mandatory for all RTOs. All RTOs must collect and report full AVETMISS data in accordance with the National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy.

VRQA is the VET regulator in Victoria for vocational education and training (VET) providers who provide courses to domestic students only and who deliver in Victoria and Western Australia.

VRQA accreditation advisors are independent accreditation advisers appointed by the VRQA.  They are available as consultants to assist in the development of courses, preparation and review of accreditation submissions.  Two accreditation advisers are required for the review of an accreditation submission.

VRQA Authorised Officer means a person appointed by the VRQA under Part 5.8 of the ETR Act.

VRQA guidelines for VET providers 2016 are in response to a Ministerial Direction issued on 19 November 2015.  They address the regulatory gaps between ASQA regulated providers and VRQA regulated providers.  They supersede the 2009 VRQA Guidelines for VET providers.

VRQA logo is produced under authority of the VRQA: It may be used on qualifications certificates and written statements issued by RTOs for nationally recognised training. It cannot be used on RTO publications.


Work-based training and assessment refers to learners who are at least partially trained/assessed while actively engaged in work as part of employment (e.g. on the job, apprenticeship/traineeship or other enterprise-based training), practical placement or structured workplace learning. Work-based training does not refer to face-to-face training in workplace venues where learners are not actively engaged in work.

Working With Children (WWC) check is a legal requirement for people in Victoria undertaking paid or voluntary child-related work who do not qualify for an exemption. A WWCC is required for all people within an organisation who in the course of their work are likely to have regular and direct contact with a child where the contact is not supervised by another person. This includes the PEO, all Directors and all members of the senior management team.


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