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Standards for VET Regulators

The Industry and Skills Council has endorsed the Standards for VET Regulators 2015. The purpose of these Standards is to ensure:

  • integrity of nationally recognised training by regulating RTOs and VET accredited courses
  • consistency in the VET regulators’ implementation and interpretation of the standards applying to RTOs and VET accredited courses
  • accountability and transparency of VET regulators.

The Standards for VET Regulators describe a series of outcomes that regulators must achieve, but do not prescribe the way in which these outcomes are to be achieved.

The Standards require ASQA to:

  • use a risk-based approach to regulation, implementing processes that are fair, transparent, responsive and consistent and which uphold the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness
  • use auditors and accreditation assessors who meet agreed competency requirements
  • develop and implement a code of conduct for auditors and course accreditation assessors to ensure contemporary best practice approaches to regulation are used
  • assist RTOs to comply with the Standards for RTOs 2015 and provide information to the sector on emerging risks
  • manage the scope of registration of all RTOs so that only current training products are delivered
  • publish decisions to impose sanctions on RTOs, together with the reasons for the decisions
  • accept and manage complaints about RTOs, and about ASQA’s role as a regulator, using publicly available processes
  • report and respond to requests from the Industry and Skills Council
  • make service standards publicly available, and regularly review their performance against these service standards and the regulator Standards.

In regulating RTOs, ASQA applies a risk-based approach and applies the risk assessment framework as required by the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. This means that regulatory actions and decisions are informed through data analysis and intelligence about emerging risks to quality outcomes in the VET sector. This intelligence is gathered through activities such as:

  • conducting audits and other compliance monitoring activities
  • undertaking strategic industry reviews
  • analysing complaints about RTOs
  • engaging with industry, industry regulators and other VET regulators.

Intelligence gathered is used to inform ASQA’s regulatory strategy by:

  • informing the risk rating of RTOs
  • identifying specific industry areas or training products that need greater attention or a different approach
  • informing the frequency and scope of RTO audits (RTOs that present a low risk of producing substandard training and assessment outcomes face less regulatory intervention, while those that are considered a higher risk are subject to more frequent intervention).

ASQA provides selected RTOs with the ability to manage their own scope of registration. These RTOs are able to add new training products to their registration without applying to ASQA and paying an application fee. An ASQA delegation is approved for RTOs with a strong history of VET compliance and who make frequent and extensive changes to their scope of registration. It is a functional mechanism enabling these RTOs to manage their own scope of registration.

Standards for VET Regulators 2011

Prior to 1 January 2011, the Standards for VET Regulators 2011 applied.