ASQA publishes scoping study on VET in schools

5 October 2021

To protect the quality of VET delivery we published the VET delivered to secondary school students scoping study.

ASQA’s role as national regulator for VET involves partnering with training providers to ensure compliance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.

In the scoping study, ASQA commits to the following actions designed to support continuous improvement in the quality of VETDSSS:

  1. provide clearer guidance to assist compliance: we will enhance our information and guidance for providers, including school-RTOs, delivering VET to school students. This action will help providers better understand their compliance obligations, supporting providers to self-assure and continuously improve.
  2. work with other VET regulators to identify risks: we will continue to work with our partners in VET regulation to identify shared risk, regulate VETDSSS consistently with other VET, and support national consistency in the quality of VETDSSS.
  3. engage more directly with education departments and schools: we will enhance our engagement with education departments and schooling sectors to support improved awareness of VET regulatory requirements and their importance in achieving high-quality outcomes for VETDSSS.
  4. engage with states and territories on shared risk, promotion of continuous improvement: we will continue to enhance our engagement with states and territories in relation to areas of shared strategic risk, supported by our ongoing routine monitoring of providers to promote continuous improvement and support public confidence in VETDSSS.
  5. apply clause 1.6 of the Standards for RTOs: in undertaking ongoing routine monitoring of VETDSSS providers, we will include clause 1.6 of the Standards for RTOs 2015 in all performance assessments (audits) of providers delivering VET to secondary school students.

We also recommend that in developing the new National Skills Agreement, the Australian, state and territory governments consider how the observations made in this scoping study can contribute to improving the quality and continuous improvement of VETDSSS.

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