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Office of the Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment.


See Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia.


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.


Occupational English Test.


Occupational Health and Safety.


See Open Learning Australia.


Open Learning Information and Materials Clearing House, based at the Adelaide Institute of TAFE.


Occupational Labour Market.


Office of Labour Market Adjustment.


Open Learning Technology Corporation Ltd, now known as Ltd.

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(Victoria) Office of Post Compulsory Education Training and Employment.


See Overseas Qualifications Information Resource.


Office of the Status of Women.


(Australian Capital territory) Office of Training and Adult Education.


Open Training and Education Network.


(New South Wales) Open Training and Distance Education Network, an institute of TAFE NSW offering a range of training and education courses through distance education and flexible delivery.


(Victoria) Office of Training and Further Education, superseded by the Office of Post Compulsory Education Training and Employment (PETE).


Open Training Services.


(Victoria) Office of Training & Tertiary Education.


(Tasmania and South Australia) Office of Vocational Education and Training.

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(Japan) Overseas Vocational Training Association.

Occupation in demand

(Also called: demand occupation) An occupation in which there is an actual or expected shortage of qualified workers.

Off-the-job training

Training that takes place away from a person's job, usually off the premises, e.g. at TAFE, but may be on the premises, e.g. in a special training area. Compare On-the-job training and see also Work experience.

On-site training

Training conducted at the work site (e.g. in a training room) but not on the job.

On-the-job training

Training undertaken in the workplace as part of the productive work of the learner. Compare Off-the-job training and see also Work experience.

One Nation

A statement issued by Prime Minister Paul Keating in 1992. This statement described the government's strategy to create jobs and strengthen the economy, and included the Commonwealth's offer to assume responsibility for vocational education and training. This offer was rejected, but led to the formation of the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA).

Online education

(Also: online learning and online training) Learning or training conducted via a computer network, e.g. using the internet and the World Wide Web, a local area network (LAN), or an intranet. See also Flexible delivery.

Open Learning Australia

(OLA) An educational organisation that enables people to undertake tertiary or vocational study wherever they live and beginning at any time of year, using materials supplied to their home, often supported by online study resources and television and radio programs.

Open Learning Technology Corporation Ltd

(OLTC) The former name of Ltd.

Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia

A professional association of people interested or involved in distance education and open learning.

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Open entry
  1. An admissions policy in which there are minimal entry criteria, or in which standard selection criteria are relaxed or waived.
  2. An admissions policy, usually at school level, where selection is not restricted by place of residence.

Open learning

An approach to learning that gives students flexibility and choice over what, when, at what pace, where, and how they learn, commonly using distance education and the facilities of educational technology. See also Flexible delivery.

Open training market

A system of open competition among public and private providers in the provision of vocational education and training, giving users greater choice of program and provider. Adopted by the ANTA Ministerial Council (MINCO) as a national policy to encourage diversity and competition among providers. See also Deveson Report.

Optional components

See Non-endorsed components.


In education or training, a result or consequence of participation in, or completion of, an education or training program, e.g. employment, promotion, higher salary, further study.

Outcomes-based education

An educational system focussed and organised around clearly defined outcomes that students are expected to demonstrate on completion.


The practice of having goods or services provided by a person or persons outside the business or organisation.

Overseas Qualifications Information Resource

The Overseas Qualifications Information Resource helps people with overseas professional and technical qualifications to gain recognition in Australia.

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