The past two decades have seen some evolution towards a more nationally consistent vocational education and training (VET) system. One of the challenges is to find the right balance between national consistency and appropriate flexibility, to accommodate the regional and local industry requirements and learner preferences that best serve the needs of states and territories.

This report documents the implementation of the student training entitlement funding model by the Australian states and territories, and assesses the commonalities and differences. As at March 2015, the minimum requirements of student entitlement, as set out in the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform, were met by all jurisdictions. The implementation differed, however, in how the jurisdictions used the flexibility built into the agreement to go beyond the minimum requirements. Differences exist in the eligibility requirements, the courses eligible for an entitlement, course subsidy levels, the quality requirements of providers, and the information provided to students.

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