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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
10 >AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING The Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector provides opportunities for a broad range of learning designed to meet current industry needs. Vocational courses create job-ready graduates with the skills and knowledge to excel in their careers. All Australian vocational providers must be registered training organisations (RTOs). There are over 4900 RTOs in Australia. Government-funded or public RTOs include colleges and institutes of Technical and Further Education (TAFE). Non-government or private RTOs include independent colleges, commercial training businesses, and industry and business associations. The VET sector operates under a national training system that is industry led, competency based, nationally consistent and quality assured. The standard of vocational courses is guaranteed by the Australian Quality Training Framework, which provides national standards for registering and auditing training providers and accrediting courses, and for delivering services. FOUNDATION STUDIES (PRE-UNIVERSITY COURSES) Foundation studies are designed specifically to prepare international students for the Australian academic environment. They include English language training for tertiary studies. These programs are offered at universities, vocational institutes and other colleges. If you do not meet the entry requirements for a bachelor degree, you may be able to complete a foundation program to be accepted into the university. When you fulfil the requirements of the foundation studies program, you are guaranteed entry into the bachelor degree. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS Children in Australia start school at around five years of age and finish when they are about 18 years old. Australia has a system of primary schools (Kindergarten to Year 6) and secondary schools (Year 7 to Year 12). Students undergo assessments and exams in Years 11 and 12 to receive a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education for entry into tertiary study. Some schools also offer the International Baccalaureate. Australia has developed a set of national goals for education in the 21st century. They aim to ensure students leave school with the foundation skills, values, knowledge and understanding necessary for lifelong learning, employment and full participation in society. Quality in Australian schools is regulated by State and Territory Governments and through benchmarks agreed to by all levels of Australian government. Top: Australian universities have a strong international reputation and are renowned for leading-edge research. Above: International students create links and friendships with Australians and other students from around the world. Image: St Paul’s Grammar School.
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