Education and Training in Australia
In Australia, training and education operates through the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF provides a comprehensive national framework for all qualifications offered through Secondary Schools, the Vocational Education and Training Sector (e.g., Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) and Colleges of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and the Higher Education Sector (e.g., Universities).
The AQF was introduced Australia-wide on 1 January 1995 and last updated in 2007. Within the AQF there are specified learning outcomes and competencies for 15 levels of qualifications ranging from the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education to a Doctoral Degree, as outlined below.
|Schools Sector||Vocational Education and Training Sector||Higher Education Sector|
Senior Secondary Certificate of Education
|Advanced Diploma||Associate Degree
|Vocational Graduate Certificate||Graduate Certificate|
|Vocational Graduate Diploma||Graduate Diploma|
Vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector
The VET sector currently plays an important role in the provision of entry-level qualifications for employment in the AOD workforce. However, it also has potential to meet the increasingly complex needs of alcohol and other drugs work by providing ongoing training and higher-level qualifications at the vocational graduate level. Since 2010, NCETA has undertaken several studies to examine:
- employers’ attitudes towards and levels of satisfaction with vocational education and training qualifications in alcohol and other drugs work
- employers’ opinions of vocational education and training qualifications in alcohol and other drugs work as a minimum qualification for working in the alcohol and other drugs sector
- the content and delivery of AOD qualifications and the demand for and availability of these courses
- the extent to which cannabis content was addressed within these qualifications and training providers' interest in supporting the development of cannabis-specific training and associated resources.
NCETA Publications & Resources
Roche, A., Kostadinov, V., & White , M. (2015). Have VET Reforms Resulted in Improvements in Quality? Illustrations from the Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector. International Journal of Training Research, 12(3), 170-181.
Roche, A., Adams, V., & White, M. (2014). Up in Smoke: Cannabis Content in Alcohol and Other Drug Qualifications. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 21(2), 140-146.
The resource is accompanied by Cannabis Makes the Grade: Exploring cannabis content in accredited AOD training, a set of PowerPoint slides for VET practitioners to use when incorporating cannabis content into their teaching program.
|Roche, A., & White, M. (2011). Alcohol and Other Drug VET Qualifications and Training Providers Database. Adelaide, SA: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University.|
|Pidd, K., Roche, A., & Carne, A. (2010). The Role of VET in Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce Development. Adelaide, SA: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University.|
Courses & Training
To find out information about courses and training available, please see the pages below: