Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015

On 26 September 2014, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council agreed to new regulatory standards for training providers and regulators—the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. These replace the Standards for NVR RTOs 2012.

ASQA uses the Standards 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.

ASQA uses the Standards to protect the interests of all students in Australia's VET system. The Standards guide nationally consistent, high-quality training and assessment services in the vocational education and training system.

Transitioning to the new Standards

The Standards came into effect from 1 January 2015 for new RTOs and 1 April 2015 for existing RTOs.

Date of effect of Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015

New RTO—initial application received from 1 January 2015

1 January 2015

New RTO—initial application received before 1 January 2015

1 April 2015

All other RTOs

1 April 2015

All RTOs (Clause 3.6 only—USI requirements)

1 January 2015

ASQA has implemented transition arrangements for applications and the audit process. The transition period ends 30 June 2015. These transition arrangements help ensure no disadvantage for RTOs where new requirements exist.
(For more information, please refer to summary mapping and treatment document).

Transition arrangements: 1 January 2015 – 1 July 2015

Decision against

Application submitted against

Application assessed against

Audited against

Decision before 1 April 2015

Decision from 1 April 2015

Application—initial registration

Submitted before
1 January 2015

EITHER 
(accept old to
31 January 2015)

As per submission

NEW 
(transition arrangements)

OLD

NEW

Submitted from
1 January 2015

EITHER 
(accept old to
31 January 2015)

As per submission

NEW

NEW

NEW

Application—renewal of registration

All

EITHER
(accept old to
31 January 2015)

As per submission

NEW
(transition arrangements)

OLD

NEW

Application—change of scope (submitted before 1 April 2015)

RTO applied for initial registration before
1 January 2015

EITHER 
(accept old to
31 January 2015)

As per submission

NEW
(transition arrangements)

OLD

NEW

RTO applied for initial registration from
1 January 2015

EITHER 
(accept old to
31 January 2015)

As per submission

NEW

NEW

NEW

Application—change of scope (submitted from 1 April 2015)

All

NEW

NEW

NEW

NEW

Compliance audit (conducted before 1 April 2015)

RTO applied for initial registration before
1 January 2015

NEW
(transition arrangements)

OLD

NEW

RTO applied for initial registration from
1 January 2015

NEW

NEW

NEW

Compliance audit (conducted from 1 April 2015)

All

NEW

NEW

Application submitted against

Application assessed against

Audited against

Assessed against

Decision against

Complaint (Complaint event occurred before 1 April 2015)

RTO applied for initial registration before 1 January 2015

NEW

NEW
(transition arrangements)

NEW
(transition arrangements)

OLD

RTO applied for initial registration from 1 January 2015

NEW

NEW

NEW

NEW

Complaint (Complaint event occurred after 1 April 2015)

All

NEW

NEW

NEW

Where can RTOs find information to help them transition to the new Standards?

ASQA has developed information and guidance on the new standards for RTOs and other stakeholders in the sector.

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