Academic cheating, including instances of provider enabled cheating, threatens the academic integrity of the VET sector. Open-source intelligence shows that students have growing opportunity to access sophisticated commercial cheating services.
ASQA is working with the sector to raise awareness and ensure providers safeguard the integrity of VET qualifications and sector reputation. ASQA will not tolerate provider behaviours that are complicit in enabling academic cheating or exploiting the vulnerabilities of student particular cohorts. We expect providers to have systems of governance for academic integrity and will respond to intelligence and complaints identified in this area, including through monitoring and compliance activities which focus on providers compliance with standards around assessment (including authenticity).
Scan key points
- Students who obtain qualifications via academic cheating don’t possess the essential skills for the qualification they hold and may be a risk to themselves, others in the workplace, and the wider community.
- Academic cheating has likely become common in parallel to increased online delivery.
- Growth in demand for contract cheating services by students is a threat to Australia’s VET reputation.