International education - delivered in Australia and offshore - is one of Australia’s top service exports.
ASQA is one of a number of government agencies that share responsibility for monitoring and managing the international education sector to ensure students continue to receive high quality services and Australia’s reputation as a safe and quality destination is protected.
Demonstrating its commitment to effectively regulating the sector, ASQA this week announced that it has made international education one of two target areas over the next 12 months. ASQA will undertake a strategic review of VET and English language education delivery to overseas students. This will be done in collaboration with representatives of students, providers and other government agencies. Further details on the strategic review will be released shortly.
In releasing its Regulatory Strategy 2017-18 ASQA also announced that it would continue to focus on the capability of trainers and assessors. Despite ASQA’s increased scrutiny of providers offering qualifications from the Training and Education (TAE) training package during the past 12 months and a range of work undertaken by those organisations with shared responsibility for ensuring quality VET outcomes, ASQA’s latest environmental scan identified that stakeholders still hold significant concerns about the capability of trainers and assessors. During the next 12 months ASQA will maintain the increased scrutiny on TAE training products and provide further education for providers to promote quality assessment practice.
In closing, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, has recently announced the appointment of Dr Irene Ioannakis as ASQA’s new Commissioner, Regulatory Operations. Dr Ioannakis is a highly-regarded leader in education and training with more than 30 years of experience. She started her career as a university lecturer and teacher, has been a successful Managing Director of a registered training organisation and held a number of senior positions in the private sector including Chevron Australia and GE Oil and Gas. Irene also has extensive VET governance experience as a senior VET practitioner appointed by the WA Minister for Training and Workforce Development to the Training Accreditation Council (TAC), the WA state regulator for VET. She will start with ASQA on 11 September and will make a strong contribution to ASQA’s efforts to protect leaners, employers and the wider community from training providers that do not provide high quality training and assessment. I would like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of Ms Peta Furnell who has been Acting Commissioner while the recruitment process for the position was undertaken.
Mark Paterson AO
Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer
Australian Skills Quality Authority