Student-centred audit approach

In 2016, ASQA implemented a range of regulatory reforms consistent with its risk-based approach. One such reform was the development and implementation of the student-centred audit approach.

Implementing the student-centred audit approach


ASQA has developed its current student-centred audit approach via:

  • analysis of contemporary and innovative international regulatory models across VET and industry sectors
  • internal consultation to gather insights from practical experience (including the audits of VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans providers)
  • feedback from RTOs about prior audit practice
  • a comprehensive review of our business and regulatory practices and procedures, including legal proceedings.


A staged implementation of the student-centred approach took place from October to December 2016.

This initial trial, tested against different audit types and RTO profiles, provided a practical set of evidence with which to evaluate the approach. RTOs audited during the staged implementation were advised ahead of time about the audit approach.

Revisions were made based on the information generated during this trial, before a full rollout in 2017. We then implemented this revised approach for providers delivering training and assessment to overseas students in late 2017.


An independent evaluation of ASQA’s audit approach in early 2017 found widespread support among providers and other stakeholders in the vocational education and training sector.

The evaluation endorsed all the core features of ASQA’s current approach.

Read the full evaluation summary report (PDF) for more information.
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