Below are a variety of our own and external resources for registered training organisations (RTOs) and for people interested in applying to start an RTO.
The ASQA YouTube channel includes short videos that provide a simple overview of the process of starting a registered training organisation. These are a useful first step in understanding what's involved in applying to ASQA to become a registered training organisation.
There are also a range of videos to help established RTOs understand their obligations.
- Go to the ASQA YouTube channel and subscribe to be notified when new videos are release
ASQA publishes fact sheets to help RTOs understand ASQA's functions, role and processes (including audit and financial viability risk assessment).
- Go to the fact sheets
Answers to frequently asked questions. You can search the FAQs by topics such as 'compliance' and 'risk assessment'.
If you can't find what you're looking for, you can ask ASQA a question by filling out the online enquiry form, or contacting our Info line.
- Go to FAQs
Guidance for Providers provide guidance and clarification on complying with the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework—and other conditions defined in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011.
ASQA has issued Guidance for Providers on learner transition, quality indicators, and the retention of student assessment items.
- Read the Guidance for Providers
Application and notification forms for applying for, and maintaining, RTO registration.
- Go to the forms centre
ASQA has published guides that can assist RTOs with initial registration and registration renewal.
- Go to the guides page
ASQA has developed a tool to assist RTOs to self-assess their performance against the Standards for RTOs 2015. The tool aligns with the five phases of the student journey and aims to support RTOs to identify and assess evidence of practice and outcomes. The tool supports the Users’ guide to the Standards for RTOs 2015 and the Annual Declaration on Compliance and should be referenced in conjunction with the users’ guide.
- Go to the self-assessment tool for RTOs
COAG is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia. Its role is to initiate, develop and monitor the implementation of policy reforms of national significance which require co-operative action by Australian governments.
COAG is supported by inter-jurisdictional, ministerial-level Councils that facilitate consultation and cooperation between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories in specific policy areas.
The Skills Council develops policy reforms relating to industry and skills for consideration by COAG, and oversees the implementation of industry and skills policy reforms agreed by COAG.
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system. It incorporates the quality assured qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.
On the AQF website you can download the the framework and find information about AQF news and events, and AQF projects.
These bodies are national associations representing various groups within the Australian VET sector. These groups include independent providers of post-compulsory education and training; business enterprises operating RTOs; and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes across Australia.
Peak bodies can help RTOs improve their business performance and maintain compliance through a range of measures including publishing research, professional development activities, and consultation with industry experts.
Skills Service Organisations develop and maintain training package content – including qualifications, skill sets, and units of competency.
There are six Skills Service Organisations funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
An RTO consultant can be a good place to start if you are seeking assistance or expertise to guide you through the registration or re-registration process. If you are new to the VET sector or feel you would benefit from independent advice, a consultant may be able to assist you. Please note that ASQA is unable to endorse or provide information on individual consultants. You should ask colleagues, peers, or your peak body for recommendations, or consider other public information to help ensure you are choosing a reputable consultant.
Australian Apprenticeships provides information for employers and current and potential apprentices about Australian apprenticeships.
This website provides apprenticeships and traineeships information and resources for Australian Apprenticeships Centres, RTOs, Group Training Organisations, Job Services Australia providers and other service providers and stakeholders.
The Australian Qualifications Framework is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system.
The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the VET sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.
business.gov.au is a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.
The register of education institutions that have been approved to offer courses to overseas students, and courses that have been approved to be offered to overseas students.
The Department supports economic growth, by delivering policies and programs that assist job seekers to find work, encourage small and family businesses to grow, and maximise opportunity through access to quality skills and training.
International Education leads strategic policy, regulation and government-to-government engagement in the international education sector.
The Job Guide provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways.
Job Outlook is a careers and labour market research information site.
Myfuture is a career information and exploration website.
My Skills connects students and employers with training organisations that best suit their needs.
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research is responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research and statistics about VET nationally.
This is the official Australian Government website for advice on studying in Australia.
Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) provides skills assessments for people with trade skills gained overseas or in Australia, or through study in Australia as an international student.
Training.gov.au is the official National Register on VET in Australia and is the authoritative source of information on training packages, qualifications, accredited courses, units of competency, skill sets and RTOs.
The USI website provides support and resources for students and training organisations to assist with the creation, collection and verification of USIs.
Directory of all certified education agents.
The Group Training National Register lists all Group Training Organisations which have complied with national standards and are eligible to use the Group Training National logo.
NTEU is the Australian union for workers in academia and related industries.
QTAC processes applications for selected courses for TAFE Queensland, South bank Institute of Technology and some private providers of post secondary courses.
SkillsOneTV has a range of videos about the trades and skills industry for the information of students, trainers and employers.
The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre processes and assesses application on behalf of TAFE SA.
WorldSkills Australia is an independent, non-profit organisation that conducts trade and skill competitions to challenge young people to achieve work skill excellence.