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AcronymFull titleDescription
AARUAccess and Achievement Research UnitThe unit informs University strategies for improving the access and achievement levels of under-represented students.
AIAcademic IntegrityRefer to:


Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.

ARCAustralian Research CouncilThe ARC advises the Government on research matters and administers the National Competitive Grants Programme Through Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) the ARC is also tasked with identifying excellence in research.


Australian Standard Classification of Education

Usually applied at subject and course level. Identifies the field of study and band and discipline code which impacts on funding provided under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme.

ASSCArts, Social Sciences and CommerceOne of the two University's colleges.


Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Is an overall measure of how well a student has performed in your VCE studies. For Victorian universities it is created by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) to assist in tertiary selection


Australasian Survey of Student Engagement

Survey undertaken annually of 1st and 3rd year students enrolled in Australian and New Zealand Universities.


Course Information Management System

Single source course data system for all aspects of courses to be offered at the University. In development.


Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students

ESOS Act (refer below) requires providers of courses to international students to register their institution and the courses with the appropriate regulatory body. This register is called the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

CSPCommonwealth Supported PlacesAustralian Government subsidises a Commonwealth supported place by paying part of the fees for the place directly to the university and the student pays the remainder of the fees through a 'student contribution' amount. It is only applicable to domestic students
DETDepartment of Education and Training

Federal government department responsible for higher education. Portfolio appointments include:

  • Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training
  • The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
  • Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education


Education Services for Overseas Students (Act)

The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers, by stipulating minimum standards so that the quality of the tuition and care of students remain high.

FRFuture ReadyUniversity's strategic plan to ensure that the University will be known for its excellence and innovation in relation to the big issues of our time, and for its enthusiasm to make a difference. We will be one of the top three Universities in Victoria, one of the top dozen nationally and one of the top 300 internationally.


First Year Experience

This is one of the projects under DfL which aims to develop a comprehensive, research-based approach to providing all La Trobe's first-year students with the opportunities, experiences, information and resources necessary for high quality learning, academic success, and satisfaction.


Graduate Capabilities

Core capabilities to be demonstrated by graduates of Bachelor –level degrees. La Trobe University has identified 6 GCS that are embedded in all degree courses: writing, speaking, inquiry/research, critical thinking, creative problem solving and teamwork.

GRSGraduate Research SchoolThe La Trobe Graduate Research School (GRS) supports the creation of a vibrant community of research for our graduate research students, their supervisors and early career researchers.
HELPHigher Education Loan Programme.HECS-HELP is the student contribution administered through HESA. FEE-HELP is a loan available for fee-paying students undertaking courses not covered by HECS.


Higher Education Support Act

The Higher Education Support Act (2003) provides the legislative framework for the funding of Australian higher education providers, as well as outlining the determinations for student FEE HELP and other funding related matters.

HDRHigher Degrees by ResearchHigher degrees by research (PhDs, Doctorates and Research Masters) are governed by the Board of Graduate Research.


Information and Communication Technologies



International English Language Testing Scheme

This is one of a number of English language proficiency measures that international students may submit for consideration into the University's courses.


Intended Learning Outcomes

These are the outcomes related to a course or subject being studied.


Innovative Research Universities Australia

La Trobe belongs to the network of seven comprehensive universities conducting research of national and international standing and applying collective expert knowledge, capabilities and resources to enhance the outcomes of higher education.


Learning Management System

Is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of subjects, courses, classroom and online events, e-learning programs, and training content. La Trobe has adopted Moodle as its Learning Management System

LTLTLa Trobe Teaching and LearningLTLT supports La Trobe University academic staff in promoting effective, high quality student learning and academic success though research-based professional development, consultation, resources and support on curriculum design and development, teaching practice, online and flexible learning and teaching, and other related issues.


Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment

The Ministerial Council has responsibility for: Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training. International Education (non school), Adult and Community Education, the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Employment and Youth policy relating to participation in tertiary education, work and workforce productivity


Pro Vice-Chancellor

Pro Vice-Chancellors have a significant leadership role in managing one of the University's major portfolios, curriculum, quality, educational partnerships, regions and so on.

SHEScience, Engineering and HealthOne of the two University's Colleges


Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority

TEQSA will be established in 2011 as an independent body with powers to regulate university and non-university higher education providers, monitor quality and set standards. I


Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference describe the structure, rights and responsibilities of a given committee or governance entity. The ToR for each University can be found on the Directory of Committees.


Universities Australia

This is the peak body representing Australian Universities. Members of Universities Australia are the universities, represented by their Chief Executive Officer - the Vice-Chancellor.


Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training (also known as VET) is education and training that focuses on providing skills for work. VET provides the skills to help people to:

  • join the workforce for the first time
  • re-join the workforce after a break
  • upgrade skills in their chosen field
  • move into a different career.