Vocational education and training (VET) providers delivering courses to overseas students may be aware of updates to the National Code 2018 that affect the delivery of online or distance learning.
Under the National Code 2018, a provider may deliver up to one-third of the units (or equivalent) of a VET course by online or distance learning to an overseas student.
Any VET providers considering changing the mode of delivery for some units in a course should ensure they are considering the requirements of the Standards for RTOs 2015 before renegotiating written agreements for additional offline or distance-based delivery.
The Standards require RTOs to ensure their delivery modes address training package requirements as well as the target student skills, knowledge and experience. RTOs must also ensure they have appropriate and adequate resources to support distance or online delivery of these units in full.
ASQA may assess both the mode of delivery and resources at audit to ascertain that these comply with the relevant clauses of the Standards for RTOs 2015.