Education and Training

Education system

Please click on the tabs and PDF links below for information about Australia's education system.

Key economic factor

  • Education in Australia is internationally recognised as being of very high standard. It is also a key economic factor in Australia. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ranked education services as Australia’s 3rd largest single export earner (after iron ore and coal) in 2011. The same year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that total export income from education services was $15.3 billion of which higher education sector generated $9.8 billion. Export income does not include income generated by the operations of offshore campuses of Australian institutions.

National policies and program

  • The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is responsible for national policies and programs related to education, jobs and productive workplaces. On a federal level the Departments of Education and Training (DET) is in charge. Australian Education International (AEI) which is closely linked to the DEEWR promotes the Australian education and training industry world-wide and provides information on studying in Australia foroverseas students.

National regulator

  • The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia's independent national regulator of the higher education sector which replaced the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) in 2011. TEQSA is responsible for auditing the quality of Australian universities. It registers and assesses the performance of higher education providers against the Higher Education Standards Framework to assure the quality of Australia’s higher education sector. 

Useful links


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides access to the full range of ABS statistical and reference information.


Australian Education International promotes the Australian education and training industry to the world and provides information on the benefits of studying in Australia for overseas students.


The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) undertakes research and analysis of current and emerging workforce skills needs in key sectors of the Australian economy.


German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) conducting research and development, consultancy and other services in connection with the vocational training field.


Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The German Network for Vocational Education and Training is a major international contact partner for issues relating to German vocational education and training.

Group Training Australia

Group Training Australia is the national association for the group training network, Australia's largest employer of apprentices and trainees.


The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) collects, analyses, publishes and disseminates research and statistics on vocational education and training.


Online career resource and jobs board designed for apprentices and trainees.


Largest, most experienced provider of vocational education and training in NSW.

State Training Services

State Training Services provides vocational education and training advice and information to apprentices and trainees and their employers, industry and training providers.


The Tertiary Education Research Database - a web-based international database of abstracts on vocational education and training research, policy and practice, produced by NCVER.