Before course developers undertake detailed course development or submit an application for initial course accreditation, they must submit a VET course concept to ASQA for its consideration.
The course concept must contain evidence that key stakeholders have been identified and have been consulted and there is sufficient evidence in establishing an industry, enterprise, education, legislative or community need to support the development of the course. ASQA may contact key stakeholders during the evaluation process for more information on the VET course concept.
A separate VET course concept form must be submitted to ASQA for each individual course concept.
Following evaluation of the VET course concept, ASQA will provide written feedback, including advice as to whether the course concept should proceed to course development.
This advice is usually issued within 20 working days of ASQA receiving a VET course concept.
Where a VET course concept is deemed complete, the course developer will be advised in writing they have 12 months from the date the notice is issued to fully engage with key stakeholders, including Industry Reference Committees and/or Skills Service Organisations, and fully develop the course.
If the VET course concept is deemed incomplete, ASQA will ask for further information to be provided. If the additional information is not received within the specified timeframe or the application remains incomplete the application may be rejected.