Before you submit an application for initial registration as a registered training organisation (RTO), you should have developed a thorough understanding of the national VET system (including training packages, the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and the VET Quality Framework).
You will need to:
- ensure your organisation is eligible for registration with ASQA
- develop a thorough understanding of the requirements of registration
- understand the information and evidence required with your application for registration outlined in the Application guide—application for initial registration
- ensure that you have read and understood the Users’ guide to the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, which outlines what compliance with each of the relevant Standards might look like
When you apply to become an RTO, ASQA requires you to demonstrate financial viability by submitting the Financial viability risk assessment tool (xlsm).
This tool requires you to provide information on your organisation’s financial viability, including your financial history and projections. You will need an accountant's help to complete the tool.
The process of completing the tool will also help you gain a realistic understanding of the financial requirements of becoming an RTO and provide you with an independent assessment of the sustainability of your proposed business.
You must submit your completed Financial viability risk assessment tool in asqanet with your initial registration application. Without this tool, ASQA will consider your application incomplete
ASQA requires you to complete and submit the Self-assessment for initial RTO registration in asqanet with your initial registration application.
The self-assessment requires you to confirm your readiness to deliver quality training and assessment, and manage the recruitment, enrolment and support of students, through a series of questions against selected clauses of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. The self-assessment also requires the submission of evidence that will support the claims made.
The responses and evidence will be assessed by ASQA in the assessment stage of the application.
The process of completing this self-assessment will help you gain a realistic understanding of the requirements of becoming an RTO, and the preparedness of your proposed operations.
If you submit an application for initial registration without this self-assessment, and the required supporting evidence, your application will be considered incomplete.
ASQA requires you to disclose people who are associated with the organisation applying for registration and ensure these people meet the fit and proper person requirements.
A fit and proper person declaration is a required attachment for all owners and some executive officers associated with your organisation. Refer to the Application guide—application for initial registration for guidance on when a fit and proper person declaration is required.
The responses will be assessed by ASQA in the assessment stage of the application.
If you submit an application for initial registration without the necessary fit and proper person declarations, your application will be considered incomplete.
All applications for initial registration should be submitted using the online registration service, asqanet.
asqanet allows organisations to submit, manage and pay for their registration applications online.
Find out more about using asqanet, or contact the ASQA Info line on 1300 701 801, 9.00 am to 7.00 pm EST, Monday to Friday, or by emailing enquiries [at] asqa.gov.au for help with using asqanet.
Once you have submitted your application through asqanet, you will receive an initial invoice for a Lodgement Fee which will cover the initial processing and assessment of your application. Please note that ASQA will not commence processing your application until the lodgement fee is paid in full and the payment has cleared.