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In line with the Australian Government’s commitment to reducing the regulatory burden on business, in 2014 ASQA began rolling out a package of regulatory reform initiatives which included:

  • enhanced information and guidance for training providers to assist them in complying with the required national standards
  • reduced regulatory scrutiny on providers with a track record of compliance, and
  • a sharper regulatory focus on providers who remain seriously non-compliant with the required standards.

As part of this reform package, ASQA provided high-performing RTOs with the ability to manage their own scope of registration. This means that these are RTOs are able to add new training products to their registration without applying to ASQA and paying an application fee.

ASQA support for delegates

ASQA works with delegates to ensure they have the information and support that they need to manage their own scope of registration.

Accepting a delegation is a decision for each RTO to make after considering the associated business and compliance implications. An ASQA delegation may not be suitable for all RTOs and therefore the list of ASQA delegates should not be considered a comprehensive indicator of the best RTOs in the VET sector. Additionally  the granting of a delegation by ASQA does not indicate or imply that the listed RTOs are of a higher standard or of a lower risk than other RTOs.

Eligibility for a delegation with ASQA

ASQA assesses the suitability of each RTO for a delegation at the completion of that RTO’s renewal of registration application process. The comprehensive review is conducted in accordance with ASQA’s risk model and considers a broad range of factors including the RTO’s compliance history, governance, website and marketing information. Consideration is given to enrolment numbers and RTO size to ensure that larger providers with a positive compliance posture are not disadvantaged.

At the conclusion of the review, the RTO will be either:

  • Eligible for a delegation based on the fact that their renewal of registration application was approved at the risk assessment stage or at audit with either no or minor noncompliance identified. ASQA will also have identified no other regulatory concerns regarding these RTOs through a comprehensive due diligence check.
  • Provisionally eligible. RTOs whose renewal of registration application was approved at audit after rectifying multiple areas of noncompliance will be invited to express their interest in becoming an ASQA delegate. These RTOs will be required to undergo a limited compliance audit – at their own expense – focused on Standards One, Two, Four and Five. ASQA will also have identified no other regulatory concerns regarding these RTOs through a comprehensive due diligence check.
  • Not eligible. RTOs who have had significant noncompliance identified at audit or who ASQA harbours regulatory concern about will not be eligible for a delegation. These RTOs will need to demonstrate a positive compliance posture through consistent compliance with the Standards and will be reconsidered at their next renewal of registration.

Process for delegating regulatory responsibility

If ASQA finds your organisation eligible for a delegation of responsibility, you will receive an invitation to apply via email.

Organisations that decide to accept the invitation will receive a Delegation Agreement which sets out the required conditions associated with being an ASQA Delegate. These requirements include:

  • agreeing to provide data to ASQA when exercising the delegation so that your RTO’s scope of registration can be amended on training.gov.au
  • having a documented quality assurance system in place to manage VET regulatory functions and operations
  • agreeing to be audited—at your own cost—by an ASQA-approved external panel auditor if and when this is required by ASQA (the audit will be conducted against the requirements set out in the Delegations Agreement)
  • remaining compliant with the national VET Quality Framework throughout the period of the Delegations Agreement, and
  • nominating a representative of the RTO as the delegate contact.

You will need to consider the implications of the delegation on your RTO’s business processes and compare the costs to the benefits of accepting the responsibility of amending your own scope of registration prior to signing and returning the Delegation Agreement.

Once you have signed and returned the Delegation Agreement, ASQA will issue a Delegation Instrument which formally grants the RTO the regulatory power to amend their own scope of registration.

Change of Ownership to an RTO with a Delegation

A change of ownership to an RTO with a Delegation requires the RTO to notify ASQA of the change via the submission of a Notification of Material Change or Event (via asqanet). ASQA reserves the right to revoke a delegation if it has concerns over the new owners of the RTO.

All Delegates that change ownership will be required to undergo a delegation audit (at their expense) 12 months after the change of ownership has occurred to ensure the quality management system requirements are being met.