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Prepare your application

The following information explains how to prepare your application for initial registration as an RTO with ASQA.

Before applying, you will need to complete several compulsory steps:

  • Familiarise yourself with the requirements of the national VET system.
  • Demonstrate your organisation's financial viability.
  • Complete a self-assessment.
  • Make fit and proper person declarations.

The following information acts as a short overview of the RTO application process. We recommend following the Application for initial registration guide. This guide provides more detailed guidance on completing your application.

It is crucial that you thoroughly prepare and check your application before you submit it. Once you have submitted your application to ASQA, you will not be able to make any further amendments. 

Understand the national VET system

As a training provider, you must have a thorough understanding of the national VET system, including training packages and the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).

You will also need to:

Demonstrate financial viability

You must prove that your organisation is financially viable to have your registration application proceed.

All applicants must submit their financial information using our financial viability risk assessment tool. As part of this tool, you will need to provide your financial history and projections. 

The information you supply in this tool helps us assess:

Please note—you will need to work with an independent registered accountant to complete the financial viability document.

You will need to submit your completed financial viability tool with your other application documents via our application and registration management system, asqanet.

Complete a self-assessment

Before applying for RTO registration, you must be ready to:

  • deliver training and assessment
  • manage the recruitment, enrolment and support of students.

The self-assessment form tests your operational readiness against selected clauses of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. You are required to provide evidence to support your answers.

The self-assessment form and supporting documents will be your evidence that you are ready to become an RTO.

Make fit and proper person declarations

You must provide a fit and proper person disclosure for all owners and certain executive officers of your organisation.

The Fit and Proper Person Requirements 2011 define what ‘fit and proper’ means and who needs to submit a disclosure.

The Requirements are designed to ensure that all relevant people associated with your organisation have the characteristics and principles necessary to ensure the delivery of high-quality services and outcomes for VET graduates.

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