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ASQA's decision—initial registration

After assessing your application for initial registration, ASQA will decide if your organisation complies with the vocational education and training (VET) Quality Framework, including the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.

If your application is approved

If your application is approved, ASQA will issue you with:

  • a certificate of registration
  • a letter that outlines registration obligations and describes the qualifications and/or units of competency—known as the ‘scope of registration’—that your organisation is registered to deliver
  • details of the period for which your organisation is registered
  • details of any conditions which apply to the registration.

To manage the risk new RTOs present to the sector, in most cases the initial registration period for new RTOs is two years.

In some cases, ASQA may grant approval with specific conditions applied to the registration.

You must comply with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 and meet other provider obligations, throughout the period of your registration.

At the end of the initial registration period, you will need to show that your RTO’s training and assessment practices have met the requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 in order to renew your registration.

Meeting your obligations after registration

If your RTO registration is granted, you must ensure you are delivering quality training and assessment that meets the needs of for individual students, industry and the VET sector.

ASQA takes a risk-based approach to regulation that is consistent with The Australian Government Guide to Regulation. Taking a risk-based approach means the Authority applies a range of regulatory responses proportionate to risks identified.

If you are not meeting the required standards, ASQA may decide to:

  • shorten your registration period
  • impose conditions on your registration
  • amend/suspend all or part of your scope of registration
  • reject your applications to add new training products to your scope of registration
  • issue an infringement notice
  • apply restrictions to your operations, including restrictions on enrolling students into courses or allowing students to begin courses
  • cancel or not renew your registration.

ASQA makes these decisions based on:

  • the regulatory obligation breached
  • your past performance and attitude to compliance
  • other factors relevant to the case, including the impact on students, industry and the sector.

If your application is rejected

If ASQA rejects an application for registration, it will state the reasons for its decision.

Under Sections 199 to 203 of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011, you can apply for review of this decision.

If you are not satisfied with a decision made by ASQA, you have a number of options:

  • review the reasons for the decision, and submit a new application
  • apply to ASQA to reconsider its decision (if this option is available to you)
  • apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Learn more about your options if you are not satisfied with an ASQA decision.