Yes—the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 does not limit the number of registered training organisations (RTOs) that a person can own.
However, the application requires you to disclose any current, past and pending RTO ownership and RTO association. You will also need to complete the Fit and Proper Person Requirements form, which will ask you about your ownership of and association with other RTOs. This information will be taken into consideration as part of a risk assessment of the entity.
The Fit and Proper Person Requirements are designed to ensure that key registered training organisation (RTO) personnel have the characteristics and principles necessary to ensure the delivery of high-quality vocational education and training.
While answering ‘yes’ to any of these questions will not preclude you from applying for RTO registration, it will be a factor that is taken into consideration along with the other information submitted.
Yes—RTOs are registered to deliver Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and these can be delivered in Australia and offshore.
The Charges Act enables ASQA to audit offshore delivery sites and charge the RTO for the costs incurred in doing this.
If you are applying for initial registration and you want to deliver courses overseas, you must include the intended offshore delivery locations in the initial registration application.
If you are currently registered, you must notify ASQA of the overseas delivery using asqanet (Notification of change of provider details). This notification is free of charge.
All registered training organisations notify ASQA of any changes to contact details and changes or events that affect the operation of the RTO. RTOs must notify ASQA of these changes as soon as practicable after they happen (preferably within 20 working days) and without being requested to do so.
ASQA does not require you to seek approval to enter into a partnership or auspice agreement with another entity. However, you must notify ASQA of any partnering or auspice arrangements that you have in place, or if you are making changes to these arrangements.
You must also ensure that all training and assessment delivered on your behalf is compliant. ASQA may request evidence of the systems you have in place to ensure that training and assessment delivered on your behalf meets the required standards.
Changes to partnering or auspice arrangements are considered a material change to your registration. As such, you need to notify ASQA by submitting a Notification of material change or event (via asqanet).
Your organisation must have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) in order to be eligible for registered training organisation (RTO) registration.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) advises that companies registered under the Corporations Act 2001 and business entities carrying on an enterprise in Australia are entitled to an ABN if they apply.
ASQA will finalise initial registration applications within six months of accepting a properly completed and fully compliant application. ‘Finalise’ means that ASQA has made a decision and advised the applicant (not that any review process has been completed).
Yes—you must submit two applications to add the items to your registered training organisation (RTO) registration and to your Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registration.
ASQA advises providers to submit these applications simultaneously. (ASQA does not require you to wait for the RTO application to be approved before submitting the CRICOS application and providers who do so are not eligible for the fee exemption discussed below).
Fee exemptions for applicants submitting RTO/CRICOS change of scope applications.
Application fees apply to both of these applications; however, the ASQA schedule of fees 2015 allows ASQA to offer an exemption from the lower of the two application fees when the two applications are submitted simultaneously.
In practice, this means that the RTO application should be submitted using ASQAnet, and the CRICOS application should be emailed or faxed to ASQA within one business day of the RTO application being submitted. This allows ASQA to process the applications concurrently, and reduces the cost of processing the applications.
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