4234.0 - Work-Related Training and Adult Learning, Australia, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/12/2017   
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KEY CONCEPTS

This publication focuses on structured or organised learning which is categorised into:

  • Formal learning - structured or organised learning leading to a qualification that is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as a Year 12 or equivalent, a Certificate III, a Diploma or a Bachelor Degree. Formal learning is undertaken at a recognised institution, such as a school, college or university.
  • Non-formal learning - non-formal learning is structured or organised learning that does not lead to a recognised qualification, for example, a construction site induction. Non-formal learning can be undertaken at a recognised institution, such as studying for a Skill Set at a vocational institution.

Non-formal learning can be further classified into:
  • Work related training, which is undertaken to obtain, maintain or improve employment skills or to improve employment opportunities.
  • Personal interest training, which is undertaken because an individual wants to acquire certain knowledge or skills for reasons that are not related to work.

Informal learning is learning that is not structured or organised. It can be either work-related, such as on-the-job learning, or for personal interest. This type of learning is not examined within the context of this release.

The following diagram shows the distinction between the different learning activities that are in or out of scope of the survey.

Diagram 1.1 - Types of Learning