ASQA would like to remind all RTOs of their obligation to notify ASQA of all third-party arrangements in place – including third-party agreements with education agents.
Common non-compliances are occurring where RTOs are either:
- not notifying within 30 days as required by the Standards for RTOs 2015
- not notifying ASQA of arrangements with education agents (i.e. these are third-parties who are delivering recruitment services to RTOs). These arrangements must be declared using the Third Party Service Arrangement notification online form to notify ASQA of the commencement and cessation of third-party service arrangements. RTOs which are also CRICOS providers are frequently failing this requirement
- not including in the agreement that the third-party is required under written agreement to cooperate with the VET regulator (Clause 8.2)
There is no cost associated with submitting the notification form.
It is an explicit requirement of the Standards for RTOs 2015 that you notify ASQA within 30 days of entering a written agreement with another organisation for the delivery of services—including training, assessment, related educational and support services and/or any activities related to the recruitment of prospective learners—on your RTO’s behalf.