About RTOs

What is a registered training organisation (RTO)?

Registered training organisations (RTOs) are those training providers registered by ASQA (or, in some cases, a state regulator) to deliver vocational education and training (VET) services.

RTOs are recognised as providers of quality-assured and nationally recognised training and qualifications.

There are currently around 5000 RTOs in Australia. A complete list of RTOs is maintained at training.gov.au,  the authoritative national register of the VET sector in Australia. 

What are the advantages of registered training organisations?

Only RTOs can:

  • deliver nationally recognised courses and accredited Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) VET qualifications,
  • apply for Australian, state and territory funding to deliver vocational education and training.

RTOs can offer qualifications at the following levels:

  • Certificates I, II, III and IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate
  • Vocational Graduate Diploma.

Which RTOs are regulated by ASQA?

ASQA is the regulatory body for RTOs in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. 

ASQA also regulates providers in Victoria and/or Western Australia that:

  • offer courses in any of the following states (including by offering courses online): the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, or
  • offer courses to overseas students studying in Australia on student visas.

Students in Victoria and Western Australia who are unsure whether ASQA is responsible for the regulation of their RTO should contact the ASQA info line on 1300 701 801 or email enquiries@asqa.gov.au.