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ASQA consultation on proposed schedule of fees and charges for 2018

Submissions have now closed. Thank you to everyone who contributed their feedback.

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is seeking feedback from the vocational education and training (VET) sector on its proposed schedule of revised fees and charges.

From 14 August to 12 September ASQA will be accepting submissions on its 2017 Cost Recovery Implementation Statement—Consultation Draft (CRIS).

This statement outlines the fees and charges that ASQA proposes to implement from 1 January 2018. The CRIS also demonstrates that ASQA’s cost recovery arrangements are consistent with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines.

The proposed schedule of fees and charges and Cost Recovery Implementation Statement – Consultation Draft 2017 is now available.

Why is ASQA reviewing its fees and charges?

ASQA is an Australian Government agency that is required to operate on a cost-recovery basis. Currently ASQA is required to cost recover approximately 50 per cent (i.e. partial cost recovery) of expenses to regulate the VET sector.

Since inception in 2011, ASQA has evolved from an application-based regulator to a risk-based regulator, and restructured operations, improved systems and changed processes have delivered operational efficiencies.

Reflecting these changes, ASQA is proposing a fee and charges structure that has been designed to:

  • Ensure ASQA continues to comply with the Australian Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines
  • Allow ASQA to fully realise its move to a risk-based regulation
  • incentivise compliance by providing fee relief to compliant registered training organisations (RTOs) and,
  • recognise improvements in ASQA’s systems and processes.

What is the Consultation Process?

Registered training providers, course owners and other interested stakeholders can provide feedback on the proposed schedule of fees and charges between Monday 14 August and Tuesday 12 September.

ASQA is engaging directly with training provider peak bodies about the review of its fees and charges. You may wish to provide feedback through your relevant peak body.

How can feedback be submitted?

Submissions have now closed. Thank you to everyone who contributed their feedback.

What will happen to my submission?

Feedback submitted:

  • will be taken into account for possible adjustments to the proposed schedule of fees and charges
  • ASQA will treat the content of your submission as confidential
  • ASQA may provide a list of individuals and organisations that have submitted feedback to third parties requesting copies of submissions. You can indicate on the feedback form whether you approve your contact details being released in this instance
  • you can choose to make an anonymous submission
  • a summary of the feedback received will be included in the final 2017 Cost Recovery Implementation Statement

How are the proposed fees and charges approved?

Following the consultation:

  • ASQA will review the feedback received to determine if any changes will be made to the proposed fees and charges.
  • A summary of the feedback received and an explanation of the changes will be included in the final Cost Recovery Implementation Statement.
  • Agreement on the final fees and charges will be sought from the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council.
  • The new fees and charges will be established as a legislative instrument.
  • The approved fees and charges and final Cost Recovery Implementation Statement will be published on the ASQA website.
  • The new fees and charges will apply from the approved date (which is proposed to be 1 January 2018).

Further information is available on our FAQs page.