The Tasmanian VET System
Vocational education and training in Tasmania is part of the national training system, which is regulated by a variety of Commonwealth and State and Territory laws and policies.
The Australian Government and State and Territory governments work with public and private training providers and industry to enable nationally consistent and recognised vocational education and training across Australia.
Operation of the VET system in Tasmania
Governance of the Tasmanian VET system is established under the Training and Workforce Development Act 2013. The Act:
- provides powers for the administration of the Tasmanian training and workforce development system and establishes and grants powers to the Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee (TTAC)
- provides the legislative authority for the administration of apprenticeships, traineeships and vocational placements
- contains provisions regarding inquiries, inspections and disputes
Training providers providing vocational education and training in Tasmania need to be registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). ASQA are the national regulator of VET in most states and territories, including Tasmania. The operations of ASQA are detailed in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011.
Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee (TTAC) is a statutory committee responsible for administering apprenticeships and traineeships in Tasmania. The objective of the TTAC is to ensure that Tasmania has effective and accessible systems and procedures for training contracts and vocational placements.
Skills Tasmania develop and manage the Tasmanian training and workforce development system in partnership with industry, the vocational education and training sector, and the wider community. We develop strategies and provide support, advice, opportunities and funding to deliver quality training to meet the needs of Tasmanians and Tasmanian industries.
Australian Network Providers (ANPs) provide free information, advice and support to employers, apprentices and trainees about apprenticeships and traineeships.
VET in Tasmania is delivered by ASQA-registered training providers in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, TAFEs, community centres, in workplaces, on their own premises, and online.
TasTAFE is Tasmania's primary public and largest training provider. TasTAFE was established in 2013 under the Tasmanian Training and Workforce Development Act 2013 (the Act), and serves a range of functions and objectives under the Act. Its operations are guided by Ministerial policy expectations and the Ministerial Priorities for Training and Workforce Development.The Tasmanian Government funds TasTAFE through a deed arrangement.
There are also approximately 150 Private Registered Training Organisations operating throughout Tasmania, ranging from micro-businesses operating in niche areas, to medium sized organisations offering a wide range of programs.
While completing their school certificate Tasmanian school students have the opportunity to start VET courses at school or a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. Further information can be found here or on the Department of Education’s website.