Vocational education and training

Vocational education and training

The vocational education and training (VET) sector is important to Western Australia's economy for the development of the State's workforce. It enables students to gain qualifications for all types of employment, and specific skills to help them in the workplace.

Providers of VET include TAFE colleges, private providers, community organisations, industry skill centres, and enterprise training providers working together.

Jobs and Skills WA – Subsidised training for priority areas

As our economy grows and diversifies, the future outlook for jobs is constantly changing. Jobs and Skills WA is the way the State Government, through the Department, prioritises its investment in training to focus on courses that help people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. Priorities include apprenticeships, traineeships and priority industry qualifications, but many other important industry qualifications and courses are also subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA including general industry training courses and foundation skills and equity courses.

To find out more about priority areas and what courses are subsidised, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website


VET courses

VET courses in Western Australia are focused on the development of skills and knowledge that are based on business and industry needs.

VET is generally very practical in nature – focusing on ‘how to’. This means you’re job-ready once your course is completed, with the valuable hands-on experience that employers look for.

VET courses provide nationally recognised qualifications from entry-level through to Graduate Diploma, offering something for everyone.

Apprenticeships and traineeships provide opportunities to earn while you learn in industry areas such as building and construction, information technology, hospitality and business.


Quality for VET

Australian Skills Quality Authority

ASQA is the national regulator for Australia’s VET sector. It seeks to make sure that quality standards are maintained through the regulation of training providers and accredited courses.

Visit the ASQA website to find out more

Training Accreditation Council

TAC is the State regulator for the VET sector in WA. It registers training providers in accordance with required national standards, and accredits VET courses.

Visit the TAC website to find out more

Page last updated May 17, 2023