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European Australian Business : 2008
Students’ confidence in the quality of VET products is guaranteed by regula- tory frameworks which incorporate the requirements of the AQF. Specifically, the National Training Framework pro- vides national standards for registering and auditing of training providers and accrediting courses, and provides national standards for service delivery. These standards are applied by State and Territory governments to ensure that all institutions within this sector and the qualifications they issue are nationally consistent and recognised throughout Australia. Schools Australia’s National Goals for School- ing in the Twenty-First Century aim to ensure that students leaving school have a sound foundation for their intellectual, physical, social, moral, spiritual and artistic development. In addition to preparation for further study at university or a vocational education and training institution, the Australian school education system equips students with world-recognised skills and knowledge of their career options. The Australian education sys- tem instils in students the importance of life- long learning, and equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to chart their careers in the global world of work. Quality within Australian schools is regulated at State and Terri- tory government level and through benchmarks agreed to by all levels of Australian government. State and Territory education authorities, and, to a lesser extent, schools, set the standards by determining curriculum, student assessment and certification, resource allocation, teacher employ- ment requirements and professional learning. English language English language proficiency at the appropriate standard may be one of the requirements for an Australian student visa when enrolling for direct entry into a course leading to an Australian qualification. English language training is readily available to international students who may not have the required standard to enrol in a particular course. 18