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Fees and charges

A complete list of all ASQA’s fees and charges is provided in the Guide to ASQA fees and charges 2018-19.

ASQA imposes fees and charges on three key groups: registered training organisations (RTOs); Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) providers—including those that deliver English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS); and VET accredited course owners.

ASQA applies fees and charges to certain regulatory activities to recover the cost of performing those activities. ASQA’s fees and charges are consistent with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines.

What is cost recovery?

'Cost recovery' means that a government entity must recover some or all of the costs of performing regulatory activity through fees and charges.

In December 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to ASQA’s establishment as a cost recovery agency.

The Australian Government Budget 2018–19 announced that ASQA would transition from partial cost recovery to full cost recovery by 2020–21.

Cost recovery must follow the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines. The guidelines require that a cost recovery implementation statement be prepared when significant changes are proposed to an existing cost recovery arrangement.

ASQA’s 2018-19 Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (PDF) is available here.

More information on cost recovery can be found on the Department of Finance website.

Are ASQA’s fees and charges consistent with Australian Government policy?

As part of the approval process of ASQA’s fees and charges, the Australian Government Department of Finance (DoF) confirmed that ASQA’s 2018-19 Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) is consistent with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines.

Does ASQA consult stakeholders when deciding its fees and charges?

ASQA is part of a complex environment of stakeholders that interact to deliver regulatory arrangements for the VET sector. Stakeholders include regulated providers and course owners; industry peak bodies; Australian, state and territory governments; students; and employers.

When considering a review of fees and charges, ASQA actively engages stakeholders to seek their feedback. ASQA does this via a range of activities and communication channels. For example, during past reviews of fees and charges ASQA has engaged stakeholders using feedback forms on ASQA’s website, face-to-face and online briefing sessions, and direct consultation with representatives of training provider peak bodies.

Public consultation on fees and charges for 2018–19 took place from 1 August to 3 September 2017. ASQA consulted on the schedule of fees and charges outlined in the document 2017 Cost Recovery Implementation Statement – Consultation Draft, which was published on 14 August 2017.

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