As the national regulator for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) seeks to make sure that the sector's quality is maintained through the effective regulation of:
- vocational education and training providers
- accredited vocational education and training courses
- Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) providers including those delivering English Language Intensive Courses to Overseas Students (ELICOS).
Australia is fortunate to have a world-leading vocational education and training system. This crucial sector provides training in the skills Australians need for employment, and injects billions of dollars of export income into the economy each year.
ASQA makes sure that the quality and reputation of Australia's VET system is maintained through effective national regulation.
ASQA’s role in the VET sector (animated video)
This short video explains ASQA’s role as well as the roles of other key organisations that registered training organisations (RTOs) may interact with while engaged in the VET sector.
ASQA is an independent statutory agency, comprising three Commissioners:
- the Chief Commissioner
- the Deputy Chief Commissioner and Commissioner, Risk Intelligence and Regulatory Support
- the Commissioner, Regulatory Operations.
The Commissioners are supported in their regulatory work by ASQA's employees. ASQA currently has just under 200 employees and has offices in each state and territory.