A new era for the VET sector
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) welcomes the Australian Government’s release of the rapid review into our regulatory practices and processes outlining how we will work together with the sector and key stakeholders towards better regulation.
Over the past six months we’ve worked closely with the independent review team on the review. We have also encouraged stakeholders to provide feedback to ensure that matters of critical interest and concern to the VET sector were addressed.
Stakeholder feedback has helped to shape a series of recommendations for specific changes in line with best practice governance, regulation and engagement.
The recommendations confirm ASQA’s focus to:
- strengthen our engagement and education programs
- clarify our role and regulatory approach
- build a common understanding of self-assurance and excellence in training outcomes
- align our practices and governance accordingly
- provide more considered and meaningful reporting on provider performance
- undertake appropriate and proportionate regulatory action as required
While this is a long-term vision for reform to evolve ASQA as a more modern and responsive regulator, work is already underway to support our role moving beyond 'compliance' to a greater focus on quality assurance.
Focus on engagement and education
Most importantly, we recognise the importance of strong engagement with the sector to continue to progress these reforms in our rapidly changing and uncertain operating environment.
Over the coming months, ASQA will engage with providers to:
- Design new regulatory practices, including a new approach to audit reports, declarations of compliance, and remediation activities to strengthen the focus on self-assurance
- Develop necessary guidance materials and resources, including self-assurance tools, that allow training providers to have access to information and support to deliver good practice training and assessment
To support these engagement activities, we are also developing a comprehensive education program, to ensure training providers are aware of and supported to understand our expectations and requirements.
Stakeholder Liaison Group
Applications are open for RTO’s to register their expression of interest in a new Stakeholder Liaison Group. This group will assist in:
- identifying and responding to key issues facing the sector
- strengthening strategic engagement and education channels and tools
Applications close 15 May 2020.
We will continue to provide regular updates on our progress, any key changes to our regulatory processes and all opportunities for your input as they arise.