How we calculate costs

Fees and charges relief

ASQA is waiving some fees and charges for VET providers and accredited course owners from 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2021.

As a cost recovery agency, ASQA applies fees and charges to tasks and activities that are necessary to regulate the VET sector. ASQA returns revenue from our fees and charges to the Australian Government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund to offset budget funding.

For more information on cost recovery, visit the Department of Finance website.

Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS)

The Australian Government requires all cost recovery agencies to publish a CRIS. This document provides key information on how ASQA calculates and implements charges for specific government regulatory activity.

Changes to ASQA fees and charges

ASQA will begin operating as a full cost recovery agency in 2021-22. This will involve changes to ASQA’s cost recovery arrangements, including our fees and charges.

The Australian Government Budget 2018–19 announced ASQA would transition from partial cost recovery to full cost recovery by 2020–21. This transition was postponed to 2021-22 as part of a package of measures announced in April 2020 to lift the financial pressures on VET providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of reviewing our fees and charges, ASQA will engage in public consultation with all VET sector stakeholders to seek their feedback. Stakeholders include:

  • regulated providers and course owners
  • industry peak bodies
  • Australian, state and territory governments
  • students
  • employers.

Any future public consultation on our fees and charges will be announced via asqa.gov.au and through ASQA’s other communication channels.

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