Australian Apprenticeships
This website provides access to information about Australian Apprenticeships. There are links to information tailored to specific groups eg. employers, job seekers, school students, careers advisers, registered training organisations and Australian Apprentices. It also provides links to Australian Apprenticeship Centres and Skills and Training Info Centres (STICs).

Australian Government Portal - access to Australian Government Information and Services
The Australian Government Entry Point, offers comprehensive and integrated access to Australian Government information and services for Australians, for businesses, for non-residents as provides links to sites about the government and Australia. It contains a concentrated body of Commonwealth Government information throughout the site. currently signposts over 700 Federal Government web sites, indexes more than 5,000,000 pages uses both metadata and full text indexing to ensure it is a comprehensive government portal.

Dept of Education and Training
Comprehensive information provided by the Australian Government's Department of Education and Training. This site includes: links to the Minister responsible for the portfolio. Also contains corporate information about the department and the areas of responsibility within the portfolio such as childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

Previously known as Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations until September 2013.

As announced by the Prime Minister on 21 December 2014, a new Australian Government Department of Education and Training has been formed. The department will be responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality education.

Education Services Australia
Education Services Australia (ESA) is a national, not-for-profit company owned by all Australian education ministers.

The company was established to support delivery of national priorities and initiatives in the schools, training and Higher Education sectors. In particular to: advance key nationally-agreed education initiatives, programs and projects; create, publish, disseminate and market curriculum and assessment materials, ICT-based solutions, products and services to support learning, teaching, leadership and administration; and act as required as the legal company for the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood.

Education Services Australia (ESA) is a ministerial company established by the Education Council. The company membership comprises all Australian Ministers with responsibility for education.

Labour Marketing Information Portal
The Department of Employment publishes a range of products that can help you explore industries, occupations and skill shortages. They tell you about which industries and occupations have the largest number of jobs, where the new jobs will be over the next five years and where the skill shortages are. 

ACT Dept of Education and Training
The Dept delivers high quality education services through government schools; registers non government schools; and administers vocational education and training in the ACT. The web site has further information about: School education; Teaching and Learning; Employment; Vocational and higher education; the department's publications and polices; and latest news. Specific to vocational education are further links to information about VET providers; Employer and GTOs; Australian Apprenticeship Centres; Australian Apprentices and Adult Learners; and Vocational learning in schools.

NSW Department of Education and Training
The Department delivers high quality, internationally competitive public education and training from early childhood (pre-school), through to the compulsory years of schooling (Kindergarten to Year 10), and senior secondary education leading to the award of the NSW Higher School Certificate (in Years 11 and 12). It also provides TAFE NSW courses, adult and community education courses, migrant English programs, post-secondary art courses and advice to the NSW Government on higher education. The Department is particularly focused on addressing the training needs of industry and meeting the challenge of skills shortages in certain trades. The website provides links to the Department's strategic research, strategic directions, reports and statistics, and to further information about training and industry, adult and higher education, and TAFE NSW.

New South Wales Board of Vocational Education and Training (BVET)
Established in 1994, the Board of Vocational Education and Training provides the State Government and the Minister for Education and Training with strategic advice about the NSW vocational education and training system. The Board oversees policy and planning initiatives and fosters partnerships between key stakeholders in the NSW training system. The website provides further detail of the Board's legislative objective, membership and charter. It also has links to other online resources, planning (such as strategic VET plans), news and events, publications and demonstration projects.

Northern Territory Department of Education

The role of the Department of Education is to provide educational and training options for Territorians from the early years to adulthood. In fulfilling this role, the department has a range of strategic policy, regulatory, delivery and support responsibilities.

The Training section of the Department of Business website ( of the web site provides links to further information on and about apprenticeships & traineeships, employment, RTOs, legislation, corporate plans, policies, strategies, programs and funding.

Queensland Dept of Education, Training and the Arts
Formerly the Qld Dept of Employment and Training, this new department was created in September 2006. The website provides access to information on the three sectors:

  • Education Queensland delivers high quality education to more than 70 percent of all Queensland school students at preschool, primary and secondary levels
  • Training - Queensland's entry point to jobs, careers and training, apprenticeships and traineeships, and employment and training government assistance
  • Arts Queensland develops and implements cultural policy and administers cultural funding and capital works programs that support arts and cultural development for the benefit of the community

Skills For All

Skills for All is a South Australian government initiative that helps more people to start training, complete that training and gain employment.

Funding is available for courses from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma levels. Course fees are significantly reduced due to the Government funding, removing the financial barrier that many people face.

Skills Tasmania
Skills Tasmania is responsible for planning, purchasing and supporting the delivery of vocational education and training services for Tasmania; the development of policy advice for skills development; promotion of industry investment in training; and the development, regulation and administration of the system in Tasmania. This website provides access to information for and about Learners; Employers; VET Service Providers; Tasmanian VET system; Skills Tasmania Conference; and other useful websites.

Skills Victoria

Previously known as the Office of Training and Tertiary Education (OTTE). Skills Victoria provides strategic advice and analysis of Victoria's skill needs, and acts as the system managers for the vocational education and training sector. The web site provides links for and about: Training providers; Employers; Students, learners and jobseeker;, Apprentices & trainees; and Skills Stores.

Western Australia Dept of Training and Workforce Development

The Department of Training and Workforce Development, in addition to its vital training role, now has a much broader responsibility which includes a focus on workforce development. Workforce development aims to build, attract and retain a skilled workforce to meet the economic needs of Western Australia, to minimise skill shortages and maximise the State's ability to respond to new opportunities. The Department will work with industry, the community and Government to build a workforce which is productive, inclusive, efficient and mobile.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) is the peak council of Australian business associations. Our member network has over 350,000 businesses represented through Chambers of Commerce in each State and Territory, and a nationwide network of industry associations. The role of ACCI is to represent the interests of business at a national level as well as internationally. ACCI's objective is to ensure that legislation or proposed policy approaches at a national level address the needs of Australian businesses, whether they are one of the top 100 Australian companies or a small sole trader. The web site provides links to the ACCI's surveys dealing with small business, business expectations and investor confidence. It also has a link to abstracts of their publications and issues papers under categories such as : ACCI Review; Surveys; Labour Relations; Occupational Health and Safety; Employment and Education.

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

ACER's mission is to create and disseminate knowledge and tools that can be used to improve learning. Underlying this mission is our belief in the importance of ongoing, lifelong learning both for the fulfilment of individuals and for the well-being of society, and our commitment to the use of systematic investigation, evaluation and critical reflection in the search for ways to improve learning. The web site provides links to: latest findings; research; ACER Press; school testing; university testing; library services; about ACER; forums; workshops & conferences.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.

As the national regulator for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, ASQA seeks to make sure that the sector's quality is maintained through effective nationalregulation. ASQA is an independent statutory agency. 

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

This web site is produced by the Australian Qualifications Framework Advisory Board as a means of providing access to information about the AQF, a unified system of thirteen national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training and the higher education sector. It has a link to the 3rd edition on-line version of the AQF Implementation Handbook; Learning pathways; AQF and schools; AQF and employment and others.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

NCVER is Australia's national vocational education and training research and development centre. NCVER is responsible for the collection of national vocational education and training statistics and for managing employer, student and graduate surveys relating to vocational education and training outcomes and performance. NCVER provides research, evaluation, statistical and other information to a wide range of stakeholders involved in the development of a quality vocational education and training system in Australia. provides a single point of access to the vast range of vocational education and training information, products and services in Australia. The portal was developed in conjunction state and territory training authorities and the Australian National Training Authority. It is a gateway to many different websites and services.

The business and employer section of the portal includes information such as:

  • The benefits of training and upskilling staff
  • assessing the training needs of your business and your staff
  • the funding available from Australian, state and territory governments
  • how to choose the right training
  • how to deliver training to employees
  • training costs and obligations.

The Apprenticeships and Traineeships section includes information on:

  • The benefits of employing a New Apprentice
  • How to hire a New Apprentice
  • The funding for employers of New Apprentices which is available from Australian, state and territory governments
  • Employer costs and obligations

The Training Organisations section of provides information for existing and prospective RTOs such as:

  • The benefits of becoming an RTO
  • How to become an RTO
  • The obligations and standards an RTO must meet
  • The funding available from Australian, state and territory governments
  • What's involved in operating an RTO
  • How to meet student training needs replaced the National Training Information Service.

Industry Skills Councils Australia

Australia’s Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) are independent, industry-led, not for profit companies funded by Government. In broad terms, their role is to identify and respond to the skill development and workforce planning needs of their respective industries which collectively, comprise all sectors in the Australian economy. 

The Industry Skills Councils are:

  • Agrifood Skills Australia
  • Auto Skills Australia
  • Construction & Property Services Industry Skills Council
  • Energy Skills Australia
  • Forest Works Industry Skills Council
  • Government Skills Australia
  • Innovation and Business Skills Australia
  • Manufacturing SKills Australia
  • Skills DMC
  • Service Skills Australia
  • Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council Ltd.

And many more

Agri-food Industry Skills Council
The Agri-Food Industry Skills Council, formed in May 2004, represents the broad interests of all agri-food industry sectors through its 14 member Board and five industry standing committees and aims to sustain and enhance high-quality, nationally-recognised training products and services for the agri-food industry. Industry sectors represented include: Food, beverage and pharmaceuticals, Rural and related indsutries, Meath processing, Seafood and Racing.

Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council
Representing the community services and health sectors, the Skills Council develops, implements and continuously improves high quality, nationally recognised training products, services and support materials. It promotes and markets training and skill development to the industry sector, provides accurate industry intelligence on future skills directions, including strategic advice and assists individual enterprises and broad industry sectors and their workforces integrate skills development needs and business goals. The Council is also responsible for the provision of a national VET plan for the sector each year that is used for State and Commonwealth training funding allocations etc.

Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council 

The CPSISC represents the workforce training and development needs of the Construction and Property Services Industries in Australia. It is responsible for the development of quality industry owned Training Packages and products and the supply of information and intelligence relating to the sectors skill and strategic workforce development needs. Industry sectors represented include: Real Estate; Waste management; Security; Facility management; Building service; Master Plumbers and Construction.

ElectroComms and Energy Utilities Industry Skills Council (E-Oz Energy Skills Australia)

E-Oz Energy Skills Australia (formerly EE-Oz Training Standards) is the Government’s declared Industry Skills Council for the energy sector trades. E-Oz was established in 1995 to develop training standards for the industries under its coverage - including: Electrotechnology; Electricity distribution, transmission and rail; Electricity generation: and Gas Transmission.

E-Oz’s brief has since been expanded to include representation of the interests of its stakeholders on training related matters in the public forum.

The energy sector industries, provide essential services which underpin the productivity of the wider economy. The essential nature of these services and the inherently dangerous nature of work carried out in these sectors, require robust regulatory and industrial arrangements to ensure individual, public and enterprise safety and continuity of supply.

ForestWorks: learning and skills development
ForestWorks was granted Skills Council Transitional Status on 18 December 2007 by the Australian Government Dept of Education , Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). This status gives ForestWorks the ability to carry out urgent Skills Council functions on behalf of the Forest Industry. As of 2008, ForestWorks will be involved in all ISC discussions, negotiations and roundtables with an early March target date for a formal Skills Council Contract. This website provides a one-stop-shop to both an industry knowledge resource and a gateway for new entrants to the industry. It provides access to the most up-to-date knowledge on Training and Assessment, Skills Standards, Employment, Industry Careers Information and more.

Government Skills Australia
Government Skills Australia (GSA) is the Industry Skills Council (ISC) for government and community safety. GSA aims to provide high quality training resources and services to support the recognition of skills and professionalism in government administration, services and operations. As the national ISC for government and community safety, GSA manages nationally recognised competency standards and qualifications for the following industries:

  • Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments
  • Local Government
  • Defence, Fire, Police, emergency services and management and marine rescue
  • Correctional services - custodial, community and rehabilitation services
  • Water - catchment, distribution and treatment

The website provides links to careers information, industry specific information, online shop of training resources and other publications, projects, and latest news.

Innovation and Business Industry Skills Council
Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) is one of ten Industry Skills Councils for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system recognised and funded by the Australian Government. IBSA covers:

  • Business Services;
  • Cultural and Related Industries;
  • Education;
    Financial Services;
  • Information and Communication Technologies; and
  • Printing and Graphic Arts.

IBSA develops competency standards and qualifications for workforce skills development and training that are recognised throughout Australia.

Manufacturing Industry Skills Council
Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) is addressing the skills needs of over 75,000 manufacturing businesses employing almost one million Australians and works with Australian Government and the manufacturing industry to ensure that the skills needs of enterprises are being met. It is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, owned by industry and managed by a board from across industry. It has a range of reference and advisory groups and is constantly seeking information on industry skills needs. Their work involves:

Assemble industry intelligence: research the current and future skills the manufacturing industry needs to compete in global and domestic markets. Assist industry to integrate skills development with business goals.
Establish skills standards: develop, supply and continuously revise high quality, nationally recognised training products and services.

The national Industry Skills Council (SkillsDMC) was officially formed in April 2004. Stakeholders from each of the following industry sectors agreed to form one of the 10 new Industry Skills Councils as part of the revised national advisory arrangements for industry related education and training:

  • Coal Mining
  • Civil Construction
  • Construction Materials
  • Drilling
  • Metalliferous

SkillsDMC is a not-for-profit organisation with the primary role of facilitating the education and training needs of all stakeholders operating to these industry sectors. It's a national organisation charged with the responsibility to develop and implement an education and training structure with the flexibility to meet the range of industry needs, and rigorous enough to satisfy educational and regulatory requirements across Australia. Previously traded as the Resources & Infrastructure Industry Skills Council (RIISC).

Services Industry Skills Council

Service Skills Australia is the Industry Skills Council for the Australian service industries. It represents the interests of almost 640,000 businesses across sectors including retail and wholesale, sport, fitness, community recreation, outdoor recreation, travel, tours, meetings and events, accommodation, restaurants and catering, caravans, hairdressing, beauty, floristry, community pharmacy and funeral services.

Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council
TDT's key focus is:

  • To build strong partnership with, and be recognised by, the industry as the key National Training Development Organisation by offering a broad range of services to those involved in the development and provision of Transport and Logistics employment and training.
  • To research, analyse and consolidate industry needs into defined and effective strategies and operational plans.
  • To produce and maintain world class, nationally recognised training products to service the needs of all sectors of industry.
  • To work with industry in developing high quality training packages designed to meet industry's present and future skill needs.
  • To actively promote and advocate on the present and future skill needs of the industry.