Go to top of page

FAQs

How do I register to use asqanet if I am not a Chief Executive or Principal Executive Officer of a provider?

All users of the former ASQAnet system who are not nominated as Chief Executives or Principal Executive Officers will need to re-register to use asqanet.

  1. Select Register to use asqanet from the asqanet landing page, https://asqanet.asqa.gov.au/
  2. You will be asked to provide details including your email address (which will be your username); password; contact details; and responses to secret questions for retrieving your username and password in the future.
  3. Select one of the following three options:
    • Apply for initial VET or CRICOS registration: Select this option if you are applying for initial registration as an RTO or CRICOS provider.
    • Represent an existing stakeholder: Select this option if you are a staff member or a consultant working for an RTO or CRICOS provider. Note that your administrator (in most cases the CEO or PEO of your provider) will need to approve your access. Once this access is approved, you will be able to log in as an agent.
    • Report a provider: Select this option if you only want to make a complaint about a provider.

I’ve registered for asqanet, but can’t remember the password I set for my asqanet account. What do I need to do?

If you forget your password for asqanet, you’ll need to request a temporary password to regain access to your account.

You can do this by:

  • Entering your email address
  • Choosing to verify the account.
  • Entering the answers to your secret questions.

You will then receive an email containing a temporary password.

You will need to click on the link provided in that email to and then create a new password.

Where do I find the hours assigned to training package units of competency included in an accredited course?

The hours assigned to training package units of competency included in an accredited course can be found in the Victorian Purchasing Guides.

What standards do I need to comply with as a CRICOS provider?

A CRICOS provider must comply at all times with the:

  • Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act)
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Regulations 2001, and
  • National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2017.

In addition:

  • if offering vocational education and training (VET) courses, the provider must comply with the VET Quality Framework, and
  • if offering English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS), the provider must comply with the ELICOS National Standards.

Do I need approval to deliver a course online?

No—however, you must notify ASQA you plan to deliver a course online by submitting a Minor Change request using asqanet.

ASQA might ask you to provide evidence that demonstrates that the course is suitable for online delivery.

Do I still have to pay my annual registration charge while my renewal of registration application is being considered?

Yes―your registration continues during this period, so you are still required to comply with all your obligations as a registered training organisation (RTO), including the obligation to pay your annual registration charge.

How do I advise ASQA that I am not seeking to renew my RTO registration?

If you no longer wish to operate as a registered training organisation, you must apply to the ASQA to withdraw your registration.

Until ASQA has approved your application, you remain registered and are required to pay ASQA annual registration charges.

What happens if ASQA has not completed the assessment of my renewal of registration application before my registration expiry date?

ASQA will ensure your registration remains current until your application has been finalised.

Will I always be audited for renewal of registration?

ASQA will only conduct an audit during renewal of registration if a risk assessment indicates that an audit should be conducted.

Some of the factors reviewed in the risk assessment include:

  • whether the qualifications/units in the application lead to industry licences
  • the provider’s profile (formerly 'risk rating'), and
  • the length of time since a full scope audit was conducted

For more information about audits, refer to the Fact sheet—ASQA audits.

Do providers get a reminder if they have not submitted the annual declaration on compliance, and what action does ASQA take if the annual declaration has not been submitted by the due date?

While ASQA typically includes information on pending deadlines (such as the deadlines to submit data) on the ASQA website and in the ASQA Update, a reminder is not sent to each RTO. It is up to every RTO to ensure they comply with Clause 8.4 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.

As a condition of registration, RTOs are required to ensure continued compliance with the VET Quality Framework, which includes the Standards for Registered Training Organisations and Data Provision Requirements. Failure to report full and accurate data as and when required can result in ASQA taking regulatory action.

What are the deadlines for data submission?

Quality Indicator data reporting or learner engagement and employer satisfaction data must be submitted to qidata [at] asqa.gov.au and competency completion data to CCOS by 30 June 2017.

Total VET Activity data is due to NCVER or your relevant State Training Authority by no later than the end of February each year.

How can I seek guidance on Work Placement queries?

Please refer to the work placement guide developed by the previous Industry Skills Council, Community Services and Health ISC.

For any further queries about Work Placement, please enquiries [at] skillsiq.com.au (contact SkillsIQ)

How can I access information about applying to deliver Training and Education Training Package (TAE) qualifications?

Please refer to ASQA’s previously published guidance on applying for TAE qualifications.

How can training providers discuss issues or concerns with ASQA and Skills IQ?

  • Providers can enquiries [at] skillsiq.com.au (contact SkillsIQ) for training package–related questions.
  • Skills IQ can also provide updates on the CHC training package review process
  • Providers should contact ASQA about meeting the Standards required for registration.

About the International Skills Training Courses Program

The International Skills Training Program is managed by the Department of Education and Training. More information can be found at www.education.qov.au/internationalskillstraininq and enquiries can be directed to internationalskillstraininq [at] education.qov.au.

The International Skills Training (1ST) Courses have been developed by the Australian Government for offshore delivery by approved Australian RTOs to support offshore skilling needs. The courses are not AQF qualifications and therefore are not accredited or regulated by ASQA. The Department of Education and Training manages the program and its associated compliance requirements. Information or queries relating to the regulation and oversight of the program should be referred to internationalskillstraininq [at] education.qov.au.

Not all Australian registered training organisations can deliver the 1ST courses. RTOs must apply for a licence to deliver the 1ST courses. A detailed list of eligibility criteria can be found in the Program Guidelines − available at www.education.gov.au/intemationalskillstraining.

May my RTO refer prospective students to an external loan provider to assist in paying for their course?

Your RTO is free to refer students to external loan providers as a payment option. However, if a student prepays fees of $1500 or more to your RTO, you must meet the requirements for fee protection set out in Schedule 6 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. This includes where your RTO receives those funds directly from an external loan provider. Before any student enrols or begins their training (whichever occurs first), you must ensure that the student is informed about relevant fee information, as detailed in Standard 5.3 of the Standards for RTOs 2015. If any organisation, such as an external loan provider, recruits students for your RTO, you must have a written agreement with the organisation and inform ASQA of the arrangement.

As a staff member or consultant, how do I link my user account to my organisation?

  1. First, you will need to Register to use asqanet as a staff member or consultant. When registering, you should select the option Represent an existing stakeholder.
  2. Click on your name in the top right corner of any non-form asqanet page and select My Account.
  3. Select Request Agent Access for Organisation.
  4. You can now search for and select your organisation. You can request agent access to one or more organisations.
  5. To search, begin typing the name of the organisation in the Organisation field and then select from the drop down list. Press the ‘+’ (plus) icon to include additional organisations and the ‘-‘ (minus) icon to remove organisations.
  6. Click Send request to finish the request.
  7. Your Account administrator will need to approve your access request.

How can an Administrator approve access for another user?

If you are an Administrator (in most cases, this will be the CEO or PEO), you will need to approve requests to register and therefore access your asqanet account from staff or contactors working for your provider.

To approve these registration requests:

  1. Log in to asqanet https://asqanet.asqa.gov.au/
  2. Selecting User Management from the drop-down menu in the top right corner.
  3. Pending Agent requests will be listed in the User Management section.
  4. To confirm an agent request, select Action Request.
  5. The staff member or contractor will then be granted access as an Agent for your organisation.
  6. You can also grant a staff member or contactor the capacity to approve other requests for registration as an agent, by making them an administrator. From the User Managementsection, under Current Agents, you have the option to select the Make Admin button.

Will I be informed of the outcome of my complaint?

In most instances, ASQA will write to you once the investigation of your complain is complete and advise you of the outcome.

How do I add an item to my RTO’s scope of registration?

  1. Log in to asqanet https://asqanet.asqa.gov.au/
  2. Either:
    • select the Registration: New application button on your asqanet home page, or
    • select VET/CRICOS Applications from the Registration menu within asqanet.
  3. Choose the scope items you would like to add from the drop-down list.
  4. Follow through the prompts as asqanet guides you to complete this application.

How do I make a report about a provider?

If you are using asqanet as an agent or administrator on behalf of an RTO or CRICOS provider:

  1. Log in to asqanet https://asqanet.asqa.gov.au/
  2. Access the Provider Reports menu
  3. Select Report a Provider
  4. Either use the left-hand side navigation menu, or the icons across the top right-hand side of your screen, to navigate your way through the form.
  5. All required fields must be completed before you are able to Submit this form.

How do I remove items from my RTO’s scope of registration?

  1. Log in to asqanet https://asqanet.asqa.gov.au/
  2. Either:
    • access the Organisation menu and select RTO Details, or
    • select the RTO Details button on your asqanet home page and select Update minor details from the Actions drop-down menu.
  3. Follow the prompts as asqanet guides you through removing items from your RTO’s scope of registration

How do I renew my RTO’s registration?

  1. Log in to asqanet https://asqanet.asqa.gov.au/
  2. Either:
    • select the Registration: New application button on your asqanet home page, or
    • select VET/CRICOS Applications from the Registration menu within asqanet.
  3. Choose Renew my RTO’s Registration from the list.
  4. Follow the prompts as asqanet guides you through the process of renewing your RTO registration.

Which software should I use to record and report AVETMISS data?

There are a number of student management systems that can record and produce AVETMISS data files for reporting. A register of data entry tools and student management systems is available on the NCVER website.

NCVER has developed a free AVETMISS data entry tool for RTOs with less than 100 students and an AVETMISS validation software for RTOs to validate their data before submission. Both tools are available on the NCVER website.

How do I notify ASQA of changes to my RTO or CRICOS Provider?

If the change relates to your provider’s legal entity or legally responsible person:

  1. Submit a Notification of Material Change form by:
    • accessing the Registration menu and selecting Notification of Material Change, or
    • selecting the Registration: New Application button on your asqanet home page, and selecting Notification of material change or event.
    • Follow the prompts as asqanet guides you through the changes.

For general changes, such as changes to contact details or VET delivery locations:

  1. Access the Organisation menu and select either RTO Details or CRICOS Provider Details, or
  2. Select the RTO Details or CRICOS Provider Details button on your asqanet home page and select Update minor details from the Actions drop down.
  3. Follow the prompts as asqanet guides you through making the required changes

How do I request access to update the details of an RTO I’m associated with?

Once you’ve completed your registration you will need to request approval to be associated with one or more RTOs.

Please ensure that you inform the CEO or another administration account holder for each RTO that you are seeking access to the account.

Your request to represent an RTO will be listed as pending until it is authorised by the RTO’s administration account holder.

How do I update my personal details?

  1. Log in to asqanet https://asqanet.asqa.gov.au/
  2. Click on your name in the top right corner of any asqanet page and select My Account. You will not be able to do this if you are in the process of completing a form.
  3. Select Edit Details where your details are displayed on the left.
  4. Now asqanet will guide you through the changes you want to make. You can make multiple updates at the same time and then save or cancel those changes.

Where do I view the progress of my provider report?

If you are using asqanet as an agent or administrator on behalf of an RTO or CRICOS provider:

  1. Log in to asqanet https://asqanet.asqa.gov.au/
  2. Access the Provider Reports menu
  3. Select Submitted Reports

If you registered to use asqanet specifically to submit a complaint about the VET sector:

  1. Log in to asqanet https://asqanet.asqa.gov.au/
  2. You can either:
    • access the Provider Reports menu and select Submitted Reports, or
    • select the Provider Submitted Reports button on your asqanet home page.

What information will be included in my audit report?

Information in your audit will include:

  • the date and reason for audit
  • the names of the audit team members
  • the scope of the audit—standards audited and qualifications/courses/units of competency sampled
  • some background to the organisation and audit
  • names and roles of people interviewed during the audit
  • the audit findings at the time of audit (compliant or not compliant) and following the rectification cycle (compliant or not compliant)against each standard audited
  • an indication of where compliance was and was not demonstrated.

Can I apply for RTO registration if I have been convicted of an offence against the law, previously had my RTO registration cancelled or suspended, become bankrupt, or if I answer ‘yes’ to any of the other fit and proper person questions?

The Fit and Proper Person Requirements are designed to ensure that key registered training organisation (RTO) personnel have the characteristics and principles necessary to ensure the delivery of high-quality vocational education and training.

The Fit and Proper Person Requirements Declaration form requires information about your personal and professional history. ASQA uses this and other information that you submit to conduct a risk assessment of your organisation.

While answering ‘yes’ to any of these questions will not preclude you from applying for RTO registration, it will be a factor that is taken into consideration along with the other information submitted.

Pages