Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations

The Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2012 are the standards ASQA uses to ensure nationally consistent, high-quality training and assessment across Australia's vocational education and training (VET) system.

Compliance with the standards is a requirement for all ASQA registered training organisations and for applicants seeking registration.

The standards were developed by the former National Skills Standards Council (NSSC), which was dissolved in April 2014. The NSSC's ongoing functions will be delegated to industry representatives and selected senior officials through the Industry and Skills Council Advisory Committee. While the Advisory Committee is being established, current VET standards and policies, including the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2012, remain in place for the purposes of regulation.

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.

Standards review

On 3 April 2014 the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry, chaired the inaugural meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council in Brisbane, attended by state and territory ministers. Australian government ministers made a commitment to ensuring industry has the skilled workforce and operating environment it needs to boost the nation’s productivity and increase international competitiveness.

Ministers agreed on objectives for reform of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and listed key priorities for action, including:

'examin[ing] the standards for providers and regulators to ensure they better recognise the different level of risk posed by different providers, enable the regulators to deal more effectively with poor quality in the sector to improve confidence, and meet the Australian Government’s deregulation objectives'.

ASQA will communicate further information on developments with the standards as these become available.

Current VET standards and policies, including the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2012, remain in place for the purposes of regulation.

Standards amendment, February 2013

The Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2011 legislative instrument was replaced in February 2013 with an amended version, the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2012. The 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 explanatory text inserted immediately before contents pagely
  • 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

Comparison with former Standards (AQTF), 2011

The Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations include both initial and continuing registration requirements and replaced the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) for ASQA-registered providers from 2011. The standards remained fairly similar. The minor changes are outlined in the following documents: