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AQF Australian Qualifications Framework
ASQA Australian Skills and Qualifications Authority
CALD Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
DET Department of Education and Training (state)
EAL English as an Additional Language
ESL English as a Second Language
LLN Learning Literacy and Numeracy
LLEN Local Learning and Employment Network
RPL Recognition of Prior Learning
RTO Registered Training Organisation
TAFE Technical and Further Education (a type of RTO that is Government owned)
TFN Tax File Number
VET Vocational Education and Training
VETiS Vocational Education and Training in Schools

Australian Qualifications Framework: The AQF is 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. The AQF was first introduced in 1995 to underpin the national system of qualifications in Australia encompassing higher education, vocational education and training and schools.

Competency Based Training: an approach to vocational education and training that places emphasis on what a person can do in the workplace as a result of completing a program of training or based on workplace experience and learning. Ideally, progress within a competency based training program is not based on time.

Fee for Service: this term is often used when the user is paying for the training themselves. It is the term referenced when an employer is paying for the training of one of their staff, when the staff member is not eligible for Government funded training places.

Industry Placement: Before completing a qualification, some courses require the student to complete a number of hours in the workplace to practice their skills. Sometimes the placement is not required to complete the qualification, so it is not offered by the training provider, however, it may be required by the industry in order to be registered to be employed in that sector.
Nationally Recognised Training Qualification: These are qualifications offered by RTOs and TAFEs and include qualifications at the following levels
• Certificate I
• Certificate II
• Certificate III
• Certificate IV
• Diploma
• Advanced Diploma

These qualifications are often referred to as vocational training options and are made up of a range of Units of Competency, selected from one or more training packages. They do not include Bachelor or higher education degrees or doctorates. Further information on these course levels can be found at the AQF website: http://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf/in-detail/aqf-qualifications/

Recognition of Prior Learning: is the a formal recognition of the skills and knowledge somebody has developed, usually through their working life or previous studies already achieved through previous studies, work and life experiences. Through the RPL process you may be awarded full or part qualifications on the basis of your assessment.

Registered Training Organisation: a company or organisation that is registered with the Victorian (or Australian) Government to deliver nationally recognized training qualifications. The organisation may be a Government provider such as a TAFE or a Learn Local, or a private or not for profit organization.

Training Package: A training package is a set of nationally endorsed standards and qualifications for recognising and assessing people's skills in a specific industry, industry sector or enterprise. They are developed by national Industry Skills Councils (ISCs). Service Skills Australia is an industry skills council.

Unit of Competency: A unit of competency is the specification of knowledge and skill, and the application of that knowledge and skill, to the standard of performance expected in the workplace. A unit of competency is the smallest unit that can be assessed and recognised. also equivaent to a "Unit" or "Subject".

Student Loan (formerly VET FEE Help): Federal Government loan scheme which pays tuition fees for training on behalf of an eligible student. The tuitions fees are a loan which the student repays via additional tax which is payable once the student’s income reaches a certain level.