What is the Australian Education System?
Each state government manages the school system within their state. This means that they provide funds and regulation for their schools. Both public schools and private schools exist in each state. The curriculum taught in each state or school may vary but the learning areas are the same in all.
Each state has a Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system. VET prepares people for work in a career that does not need a university degree. Each state manages their system and meets at a national level to coordinate their effort. VET is transferable between all states. Study done in one state gains the same status in another state. Typically, a VET/TAFE course takes two years of study.
The national government provides the funding for universities in all the states. Each is independent in its governance. They set their courses and course content. A professional body must endorse a course for it to run. Typically, a university course takes three or four years of study.
In the work place employers use agreed courses and outcomes to set standards of training for employment. Many parts of industry and business provide ongoing work place training for their employees. Some of this training can count towards a qualification.
People who are educated overseas can gain recognition of their training. This may help them to get employment.
You can find out more about each State and Territory education system by viewing their web site
Australian Capital Territory Department of Education and Training
New South Wales Department of Education and Training
Department of Education and Training
South Australia Department of Education and Children's Services
Tasmania Department of Education
Victoria Department of Education and Training
Western Australia Department of Education and Training
For more information on general topics on education
See: EdNA online
For more information on recognition of overseas qualifications
See: Qualifications Recognition