Our role

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

Our vision is that students, employers and governments have full confidence in the quality of vocational education and training outcomes delivered by Australian registered training organisations.

Regulation of training providers

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

 

ASQA is 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 the ASQA info line on 1300 701 801 or email enquiries@asqa.gov.au.

Regulation of English-language courses

ASQA is 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

ASQA aims to improve the quality of outcomes in the VET sector by working closely with other regulators.

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.

ASQA and TEQSA agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF), which details how the two regulators are streamlining the national regulatory approach for ‘multisector providers’—providers offering both vocational education and training and higher education.

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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