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 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.
Conditions associated with being an ASQA Delegate
The Delegation Agreement 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 and the VET Quality Framework)
- 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.
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.