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Related legislation and standards

These Standards form part of the VET Quality Framework, a system which ensures the integrity of nationally recognised training in Australia. Registered training organisations are required to comply with the VET Quality Framework at all times.

The VET Quality Framework consists of the:

  • Standards for Registered Training Organisations
  • Australian Qualifications Framework
  • Fit and Proper Person Requirements
  • Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements, and
  • Data Provision Requirements.

The Standards should be read together with the:

  • Standards for Training Packages
  • Standards for VET Accredited Courses, and
  • Standards for VET Regulators.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

Implementation of the current AQF commenced on 1 July 2011, with all aspects of the AQF required to be fully complied with from 1 January 2015. The AQF applies across school and higher education as well as VET. While some parts of the AQF are primarily intended for course development rather than training delivery, delivery of training products must ensure learners have the opportunity to properly develop the skills and knowledge that have been described in the training package or course document. By ensuring that delivery aligns to the AQF in the same way training product design does, the skill level and employability of VET graduates is assured.

RTOs are required to be fully compliant with all aspects of the AQF. This is articulated largely through:

  • Standard One (in regard to the amount of training provided), and
  • Standard Three (in regard to issuance of qualifications and statements of attainment).

Overseas students

Additional requirements for delivery of training to overseas students studying in Australia are outlined in the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act). These are specified in the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2017 (The National Code).

ELICOS courses

Some nationally recognised training products are registered as English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) courses. These courses and their providers must also comply with the ELICOS National Standards for delivery to overseas studnets.

ASQA general directions

ASQA issues 'general directions' to provide further guidance to providers on specific issues.

A general direction outlines the the way in which RTOs must comply with the VET Quality Framework and other conditions defined in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. RTOs must comply with general directions as a condition of their registration.

Unique Student Identifier (USI) scheme

The USI scheme allows learners to access a single online repository of their VET achievements. This includes achievements from the beginning of 2015.

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