ASQA reform

Information and updates on ASQA reform activities currently being undertaken.

On 30 April 2020, the Australian Government released the rapid review into our regulatory practices and processes. This report outlines 24 recommendations for reforms to the way ASQA operates, in line with best practice governance, regulation and engagement. The report also provides a long-term vision for better regulation for the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. 

We have commenced a program of work to implement the recommendations of the review. Our program is firmly focused on delivering best practice, modern regulation.

Our overarching goal is to move from input and compliance controls, to a focus on self-assurance and excellence in training outcomes. Improving quality and confidence in the sector is a shared responsibility and ASQA will work with the sector to this end.

With ASQA’s reform occurring in tandem with wider VET reform, our work will be ongoing over the next few years.

Reform implementation

Implementation of the recommendations from the Rapid Review will occur through a staged approach. Some of the identified areas for improvement can be progressed immediately, while others will take time and require close engagement with stakeholders.

During 2020 we will be undertaking work to:

  • improve the way we conduct audits, write reports and describe evidence and non-compliances
  • improve internal practices to achieve greater consistency in both audit approach and decision making
  • become more transparent in identifying areas of risk and provide guidance that will support providers
  • strengthen our engagement and education programs, including commencing the Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG)

Engagement opportunities

For the reform process and implementation of the recommendations from the Rapid Review to be successful, we need input from the sector. Over the coming months there will be opportunities for you to engage with us and provide feedback.

Upcoming engagement opportunities will cover areas including:

  • strengthening focus on self-assurance
  • improvements to the Declaration of Compliance
  • approaches to remediation.

We will let you know about opportunities to participate in these as well as in our ongoing webinar series.

To ensure you hear about your chance to contribute, as well as find out about newly-published education and guidance material we recommend:

In addition, our Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) will help us identify and respond to key issues facing the sector, and will assist us in shaping our ongoing approach to education and engagement. This group will start meeting from mid-2020.

Related links

ASQA Reform

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment's ASQA Reform page.

ASQA Rapid Review Final Report

The final report of the rapid review of ASQA's regulatory practices, governance and culture.

ASQA's Stakeholder Liaison Group

Information about ASQA's new Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG).

NVETR Amendment Bill

The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Governance and Other Matters) Bill 2020 is currently before Parliament.

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