Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations

An essential mechanism for the regulation of vocational education and training (VET) is the national standards against which applicants/RTOs are assessed. Prior to the establishment of the national VET regulator, ASQA, the standards that applied to an RTO's or applicant's registration were found within the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).

Standards

The Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations replace the former AQTF standards for relevant applicants/RTOs.

The standards are used by ASQA as an instrument in protecting the interests of all students undertaking vocational education and training in Australia.

The standards guide nationally consistent, high-quality training and assessment services in the vocational education and training system.

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) is responsible for providing advice to the Standing Council for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE), which is one of a number of Standing Councils that report to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). 

SCOTESE is the successor of the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE). The NSSC provides advice on national standards for quality assurance, performance monitoring, reporting, risk, audit, review and renewal of providers’ accreditation status, and accreditation of VET qualifications. (The NSSC undertakes many of the functions formerly carried out by the National Quality Council, which was dissolved on 30 June 2011.)

The standards put forward by the NSSC will be implemented by ASQA. 

These Standardsare a separate legislative instrument, made by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations under subsection 185(1) of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011.

Read the NSSC's first communiqué, which clarifies the Council's role and discusses the relationship between the Standards for NVR RTOs and the AQTF.

Comparative analysis

How the standards are numbered and ordered has changed from the AQTF. The Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations include both initial and continuing registration requirements.

While the some of the terminology and layout is new, the actual standards remain largely unchanged from those in the AQTF. The Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations express all requirements as standards. Unlike in the AQTF, there is no differentiation between ‘conditions' and ‘standards’.

The PDF Initial registration comparison table compares the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations—Essential Standards for Initial Registration and the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Initial Registration.

The PDF Continuing registration comparison table compares the Standards for  NVR Registered Training Organisations—Essential Standards for Continuing Registration and the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration.

Standards amendment, February 2013

An amended version of the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations legislative instrument was made by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research on 29 January 2013. This version commenced on 7 February 2013 and replaced the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisation 2011 legislative instrument. The amended instrument is the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2012.

There are no substantive changes. Amendments are technical in nature to allow for the instrument to reference subordinate documents (such as the AQF Logo Conditions of Use) as they change from time to time. Aside from the new name, the content amendments are as follows:

  • Inserted: New text inserted immediately before contents page – explanatory information only
  • Replaced: References to the National Quality Council have been replaced by National Skills Standards Council (SNR 4.4(a), SNR 7.3, SNR 15.4(a))
  • Removed: Notes for users that references to the NRT logo conditions of use refers to the logo conditions in place at the commencement of this instrument have been removed (SNR 12.1(c), SNR 13.2, SNR 23.1, SNR 24.2

These technical amendments do not relate to the broader 'Review of standards for the regulation of VET' that the National Skills Standards Council is carrying out in 2012–13.