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Our role

ASQA is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Through our regulation and partnership with others, we ensure quality vocational education and training so that students, employers, the community and governments have confidence in the integrity of national qualifications issued by training providers

We believe consistency, collaboration and continuous improvement leads to quality outcomes.

These values drive us every day at ASQA, because we believe they lead to quality outcomes – for our sector and for every VET student.

Regulation of training providers

A map of Australia showing the states and territories that ASQA regulates.

ASQA is responsible for regulating approximately 90% of Australian training providers and accrediting VET courses to ensure nationally approved standards are met.

We are the regulatory body for registered training organisations (RTOs) in:

  • the Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • the Northern Territory
  • South Australia
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania.

ASQA is also the regulatory body for those registered training organisations in Victoria and Western Australia that:

  • offer courses to overseas students
  • offer courses to students (including through offering courses online) in:
    • the Australian Capital Territory
    • New South Wales
    • the Northern Territory
    • South Australia
    • Queensland
    • Tasmania.

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

Regulation of English-language courses

We are the regulatory body for providers delivering English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) in all states and territories, except where the courses are delivered:

  • in the capacity of a school
  • in the capacity of a higher education provider, or
  • under an 'entry arrangement' with at least one higher education provider.

('Entry arrangement' means a pathway arrangement under which an overseas student who completes an ELICOS program with the provider meets the minimum English proficiency requirements for entry with the higher education provider to study a higher education course or Foundation program).

Regulation of accredited VET courses

ASQA's functions under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 also include accrediting courses that may be offered or provided by registered training organisations.

Work with other regulators

Ensuring quality VET outcomes is a shared responsibility.

We work as the national regulator and in partnership with other regulators so the community can have confidence in quality VET.

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

TEQSA regulates and assures the quality of Australia’s higher education sector. TEQSA was established by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 and assumed its full regulatory functions in January 2012.

See also:

State regulators in Victoria and Western Australia

ASQA confers with vocational education and training regulators in Victoria and Western Australia on matters that require regulatory consistency.

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