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Annual RTO registration charge

The information on this page applies to registered training organisations (RTOs) only. Information about Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) the annual registration charge is available here. For a full list of fees and charges, please read the Guide to ASQA fees and charges 2018-19 (PDF).

What is the RTO annual registration charge?

The annual RTO registration charge recovers some of the costs of ASQA’s regulatory activities. These activities are necessary for the effective regulation of the vocational education and training (VET) sector. They include:

  • providing information services, including the ASQA Info line and the ASQA website
  • undertaking national data collection and analysis, which enables the development of training provider risk profiles
  • maintaining training provider records
  • processing applications that have no associated fee or charge.

Who has to pay the RTO annual registration charge?

All providers must pay the annual registration charge each year during their ASQA-regulated registration period.

How is the RTO annual registration charge calculated?

The annual registration charge depends on the number of qualifications (including accredited courses) on your scope of registration:

  • on the first day of the first whole calendar month of your ASQA-regulated registration period
  • every 1 July thereafter.

The RTO annual registration charge has four tiers:

  • 0–4 qualifications—$1,130
  • 5–10 qualifications—$3,220
  • 11–60 qualifications—$6,975
  • 61 or more qualifications—$10,730.
Example

A provider’s registration transfers from the Western Australia Training Accreditation Council (TAC) to ASQA on 15 March 2018. The provider has five qualifications on its scope of registration.

  • The provider is subject to ASQA annual registration charges from 1 April 2018 (the first day of the first whole calendar month of the provider’s ASQA-regulated registration period).
  • The applicable RTO annual registration charge is $3,220 (for 5–10 qualifications).
  • ASQA invoices the provider for the period from 1 April to 30 June. This invoice is for $805 (a pro-rata amount, covering a three-month portion of the RTO annual registration charge).
  • On 1 July 2018, ASQA invoices the provider for the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. This invoice is for $3,220.
  • In subsequent years, ASQA invoices the provider on 1 July each year, for the coming 12-month period.

When do I pay the RTO annual registration charge?

You must pay the RTO annual registration charge within 30 days of ASQA issuing an invoice.

ASQA will invoice you for your annual RTO registration charge:

  • on or shortly after the first day of the calendar month in which you commence an ASQA-approved registration period
  • every 1 July thereafter.

Your first annual registration charge will be calculated on a pro rata basis.