VET Legislation

Vocational education and training (VET) legislation

Vocational education and training (VET), in Australia is regulated by a variety of Australian, state and territory laws. Employment, workplace and equity issues and safety issues are also covered by a range of Australian, state and territory legislation. Note: Where the state or territory and the Australian laws deal with the same situation differently, the Australian law has jurisdiction.

Fundamental to the VET system are Australian laws including:

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 is the Act that established the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator, called the Australian Skills Quality Authority

The Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2011 were made under subsection 185(1) of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 on 26 June for commencement from 1 July 2011.

Skills Australia Act 2008 that established Skills Australia, an independent statutory body, providing advice to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations on Australia’s current, emerging and future workforce skills needs and workforce development needs.

Skilling Australia's Workforce Act 2005 (amended 11/3/2010) which links funding for the States and Territories to a range of conditions and targets for training outcomes.

The Skilling Australia’s Workforce (Repeal and Transitional Provisions) Act 2005 repealed the Australian National Training Authority Act 1992 and the Vocational Education and Training Funding Act 1992. This Act also provided for the transitional arrangements for the transfer of functions and responsibilities from ANTA to the Department of Education, Science and Training, now the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

States' VET Legislation

Australian Capital Territory: Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003
New South Wales: Vocational and Training Act 2005 and Vocational Education and Training (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2010
Northern Territory: Northern Territory Employment and Training Act
Queensland: Vocational Education, Training and Employment Act & Regulation 2000
South Australia: Training and Skills Development Act 2008
Tasmania: Tasmanian Vocational Education and Training Act 1994 & Tasmanian Qualifications Authority Act 2003
Victoria: Education and Training Reform Amendment (Skills) Act 2010
Western Australia: Voactional Education and Training Act 1996

Human Rights

Australian human rights legislation protects people involved in the training system. Under this legislation it is unlawful to discriminate or harass people at work, school or in the community, or reveal their personal information, infringe their physical or bodily privacy or communications.

Examples of Australian human rights legislation are the:

States and Territories Equal Opportunity Legislation.

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