ASQA’s approach to regulation emphasises RTOs’ responsibility for assessing their own performance and practices against the Standards for RTOs 2015.
Self-assessment supports continuous improvement and helps ensure compliance by RTOs.
Why should you complete a self-assessment?
The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVR Act) requires RTOs to comply with the Standards at all times.
Clause 8.4 of the Standards requires an RTO to provide an annual declaration on compliance with these Standards to the VET regulator.
This self-assessment tool can help you to:
- reflect on your RTO’s practices and processes to ensure quality outcomes for your students
- build an organisational culture that understands the value of self-assessment to improve the quality of student experiences and outcomes
- prepare for audit, and/or
- prepare for submitting an annual declaration.
Preparing for a self-assessment
Your self-assessment will vary according to the nature, size and scope of registration of your RTO.
Your focus should be on your RTO’s practice and how it:
- demonstrates compliance with the Standards, and
- achieves quality student experiences and outcomes.
ASQA’s regulatory approach focuses on results and the quality of experience achieved for your students. As such, make sure you collect evidence about what your RTO actually does—that is, your practice. Do not just collect evidence of systems and processes, as these can be demonstrated in documents without necessarily being implemented or effective.
The student experience
This self-assessment tool is a companion to Version 2.0 of ASQA’s Users’ Guide to the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.
The users’ guide follows the student experience through the five key phases of the student journey and references these phases against the Standards.
This self-assessment tool also aligns with the five phases of the student journey.
Using this tool will help you to identify and assess evidence of practice and outcomes for each phase of the student experience.
You can use this tool to identify areas for improvement in your RTOs’ practices, systems and processes and to determine the actions that need to be taken.
Does my RTO need to complete a self-assessment?
It is not a requirement of registration to use this tool to assess RTO’s compliance against the Standards. ASQA provides this tool to support RTOs in their continuous improvement.
The tool does not form part of the Standards and has no legal authority. The tool does not prescribe what evidence you should collect to demonstrate your compliance with the Standards.
Using this self-assessment tool
The tool follows the five phases of the student’s journey, grouping the relevant Standards (and clauses) against each stage.
For each Standard, clause or group of related clauses the tool includes:
- Links to the relevant standards/clauses in the users’ guide, which will include
- A set of questions to assist you in identifying your practices and outcomes (and related evidence/data) in relation to each Standard/clause, any opportunities for improvement, and any actions required:
- What practices, systems and processes are in place to meet this Standard?
- What evidence is there that demonstrates results, effectiveness or outcomes achieved?
- What are the opportunities for improvement?
- What actions, if any, are required?
Please note you must complete your self-assessment in one transaction—you are unable to save your information and return to it later
A Word version of the tool is also available for download:
After you complete the self-assessment
- You can choose to print the self-assessment from the ‘preview’ page.
- You will also receive an email with a copy of your responses that you can use as a starting point for developing an action plan (with timelines, actions assigned and so on).