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FAQs

Can I pay a fee or charge in instalments?

ASQA does not accept payment in instalments. You are required to pay all fees and charges in full by the date specified in the payment terms.

Do superseded qualifications contribute to the cost of annual registration charges and renewal of registration fees?

If you have a new equivalent qualification on your scope of registration as well as the superseded product, these products will only be counted once for the purpose of calculating fees and charges related to annual registration and renewal of registration. The superseded product will not add to the cost.

Was stakeholder feedback taken into account?

Yes. Issues and queries raised during stakeholder consultation are listed below, and the actions taken by ASQA to address them:

  • Transparency of the calculation method for audit costs: To provide clarity on this issue for the sector, section 3 of ASQA’s Cost recovery implementation statement 2018–19 (PDF) describes the cost drivers of ASQA’s regulatory activity, and explains the methodology used to calculate audit costs.
     
  • Scalability of the annual registration charge for RTOs: This charge is structured according to four scope-of-registration brackets (0–4 qualifications; 5–10 qualifications; 11–60 qualifications; 61 or more qualifications). This structure, and the charges for each bracket, are unchanged since 2014. ASQA has committed to exploring future enhancements to the method of calculating the annual registration charge. For example, by factoring in enrolment data as the completeness of national data collection (Total VET Activity) improves.
     
  • ASQA’s projected cost recovery obligations: The Australian Government Budget 2018–19 announced that ASQA will transition from partial cost recovery to full cost recovery by 2020–21. This decision resulted in no changes to the consultation document. Should ASQA consider any changes to its fees and charges during the transition period to 2020–21, VET stakeholders will be consulted on proposed changes and given the opportunity to provide input and feedback. ASQA will consider all feedback received as part of such consultation and will review any proposed changes accordingly.

Why are CRICOS fees different to RTO fees?

ASQA's fees reflect the cost of conducting regulatory activities for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. CRICOS providers and registered training organisations are subject to different standards and legislative frameworks. Differences between ASQA’s fees for CRICOS providers and RTOs reflect the relative complexity involved in performing the associated regulatory activities.

What fees and charges have changed for course accreditation from July 2018 and why?

Fee Now Previously

Initial Course Accreditation—Application Lodgement Fee

$500 per application

There is no change in the total cost of $8,070.

This was formerly structured as a single fee, but is now split into a lodgement and assessment fee.

Initial Course Accreditation—Application Assessment Fee

$7,570 per course

Why? This change (from 6 July 2018) simplifies and streamlines the fee structure.

Fee Now Previously

Course Renewal—Application Lodgement Fee

$500 per application

There is no change in the total cost of $8,070.

This was formerly structured as a single fee, but is now split into a lodgement and assessment fee.

Course Renewal—Application Assessment Fee

$7,570 per course

Why? This change (from 6 July 2018) simplifies and streamlines the fee structure.

Fee Now Previously
Application to Amend a VET Accredited Course—Minor $1,145 per course

This was formerly structured as a single fee of $2,290 for any change.

Minor and major amendments now have separate fees.

Application to Amend a VET Accredited Course—Major $2,290 per course

Why? This change (from 6 July 2018) is designed to reduce the burden associated with making minor changes.

Note:

  • There is no fee or charge for cancellation of a VET accredited course.

What fees and charges have changed for RTOs from July 2018 and why?

Fee Now Previously
NVR RTO Initial Registration—Application Lodgement Fee $500 per application

$800 lodgement fee per application
(+ $500 data entry fee for manual submissions)

PLUS

$8,000 base assessment fee per application;
+ $145 per qualification in excess of 4;
+ $50 per unit of competency in excess of 20;
+ $1,395 per delivery site in excess of 2;
up to a total cap of $50,000

NVR RTO Initial Registration—Application Assessment Fee $8,000 per application

Why? This change (from 6 July 2018) simplifies and streamlines the fee structure. It results in lower costs for organisations seeking initial registration as a NVR RTO. The two-step process means applicants do not pay an assessment fee until their application has passed a completeness check. This reduces up-front costs for applicants. Where an application does not pass the completeness check, the applicant no longer has to wait for a refund of the assessment fee to be processed.

Fee Now Previously

NVR RTO Renewal of Registration—Application Lodgement Fee

$500 per application

$900 lodgement fee per application
(+ $250 data entry fee for manual submissions)

PLUS

$7,000 base assessment fee per application;
+ $145 per qualification in excess of 4;
+ $50 per unit of competency in excess of 20;
+ $700 per delivery site in excess of 2;
up to a total cap of $50,000

Why? This change (from 6 July 2018) simplifies and streamlines the fee structure. It results in lower costs for RTOs seeking renewal of their registration.

Fee Now Previously

NVR RTO Change of Scope—Application Lodgement Fee

$500 per application

$920 lodgement fee per application
(+ $100 data entry fee for manual submissions)

PLUS

+ $135 per additional qualification;
+ $260 for up to 7 additional units of competency;
+ $135 per additional unit of competency in excess of 7.

Why? This change (from 6 July 2018) simplifies and streamlines the fee structure. It results in lower costs for RTOs seeking to change the scope of their registration. This change is designed to make it easier for RTOs to continually adapt their scope of registration to meet the needs of their current and potential students.

Note:

  • There is no fee or charge for NVR RTOs adding equivalent training package qualifications to their scope of registration.
  • There is no fee or charge for NVR RTOs removing items from their scope of registration.
  • The NVR RTO Annual Registration Charge has not changed.
  • ASQA may decide it is necessary to conduct a compliance audit as part of renewing NVR RTO registration. In such a case, compliance audit charges will apply. See here for or more information on compliance audits.

What fees and charges have changed for CRICOS providers from July 2018 and why?

Fee Now Previously
CRICOS Initial Registration—Application Lodgement Fee $500 per application $1,000 lodgement fee per application

CRICOS Initial Registration—Application Assessment Fee

$8,000 per application
+ $155 per qualification in excess of 4;
+ $1,640 per delivery site in excess of 2;
up to a total cap of $50,000

(No change)

Why? This change (from 6 July 2018) simplifies and streamlines the fee structure. It results in lower costs for organisations seeking initial registration as a CRICOS provider.

Fee Now Previously
CRICOS Renewal of Registration—Application Lodgement Fee

$500 per application

$1,050 lodgement fee per application
CRICOS Renewal of Registration—Application Assessment Fee

$7,000 per application
+ $155 per qualification in excess of 4;
+ $820 per delivery site in excess of 2;
up to a total cap of $50,000

(No change)

Why? This change (from 6 July 2018) simplifies and streamlines the fee structure. It results in lower costs for organisations seeking renewal of registration as a CRICOS provider.

Fee Now Previously

CRICOS Change of Scope—Application Lodgement Fee

$500 per application to add 1 new qualification
+ $150 for each additional qualification;
+ $1,640 for additional student capacity and/or one additional (or replacement) delivery site;
+ $820 for each additional (or replacement) delivery site;
up to a total cap of $50,000

The base fee was previously $1,400.

There are no changes to the other components of this fee.

Why? This change (from 6 July 2018) simplifies and streamlines the fee structure. It results in lower costs for organisations seeking renewal of registration as a CRICOS provider.

Note:

  • There is no fee or charge for applying to lengthen or shorten the published duration of an existing CRICOS course.
  • There is no fee or charge for CRICOS providers removing items from their scope of registration.
  • The CRICOS Annual Registration Charge has not changed.

How have charges for compliance audits changed from July 2018 and why?

Fee Now Previously

Compliance Audit Charge

$275 per auditor hour
+ Travel costs incurred for parts of an audit that are conducted outside of Australia

$250 per auditor hour
+ Travel costs incurred in and outside of Australia

Why? Reduced domestic travel costs apply from 6 July 2018, recognising additional costs previously borne by rural and remote providers.

Why have ASQA’s fees and charges changed as of July 2018?

ASQA reviews its fees and charges regularly to ensure they support Australian Government policy outcomes, and are consistent with current conditions in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

As a cost recovery agency, ASQA also ensures its fees and charges are consistent with the actual cost involved in performing ASQA’s regulatory activities.

ASQA’s fees and charges structure is designed to:

  • provide additional incentive for providers to maintain their compliance with the VET Quality Framework
  • provide cost reductions for providers that demonstrate a high degree of compliance
  • increase simplicity and efficiency for providers and for ASQA, which reduces costs and administrative burdens on all sides.

When will ASQA’s new fees and charges take effect?

The 2018-19 schedule of fees and charges takes effect as of 6 July 2018.

If you have been notified before 6 July 2018 that an audit or an evidence review is to take place, the previous schedule of fees and charges will apply for the entirety of the process (i.e. until the audit or evidence review is completed).

Were stakeholders consulted on the changes to fees and charges?

Yes. Public consultation on proposed changes to ASQA’s fees and charges took place from 14 August to 12 September 2017. Consultation was based on a document published on ASQA’s website that detailed the proposed schedule of fees and charges for implementation in 2018.

Stakeholders were invited to provide feedback, or to seek clarification on any aspect of the fees and charges before submitting feedback, via a range of channels. These included an online form that was added to ASQA’s website, and a series of face-to-face and online briefing sessions.

Stakeholder feedback was supportive of the proposal document. A clear majority of submissions received during the consultation period expressed favourable opinions.