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Regulatory decisions update

9 August 2017

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) advises that it has recently made the following regulatory decisions:

Cancellation of registration as a provider of vocational education and training (VET) services:

  • Cooloola Training & Counselling Service Pty Ltd (RTO number 31797, trading as Quest College). Decision to take effect from 1 September 2017; and
  • ALIF Australia Pty Ltd (RTO number 91630, trading as Australis Institute of Technology & Education). Decision to take effect from 31 August 2017.

Rejection of application to re-register as a provider of VET services:

  • The Maxima Group Incorporated (RTO number 0569, trading as Maxima Training Services). Decision to take effect from 31 August 2017.

ASQA—the national VET regulator—has taken these decisions following regulatory scrutiny of each training provider.

ASQA contends that the providers have not operated consistently with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework, which is a condition of registration.

Review rights

Training providers subject to an adverse regulatory decision have the right to have the decision reviewed. A provider may, in certain circumstances, apply to have ASQA itself reconsider its decision. In all cases, providers can apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to have ASQA’s decision reviewed. More information about review options is available on the ASQA website.

During a review or reconsideration process, the provider may seek a stay of the decision or an extension of the date the decision takes effect which permits the provider to continue to operate until the review process is finalised.

The ASQA website contains up-to-date information on the status of any review processes. It is advisable to check the website to obtain current information concerning the status of regulatory decisions.