Consultation on self-assurance

Cover of the self-assurance consultation paper.

ASQA released the Working together towards effective self-assurance consultation paper on 3 August 2020 in response to recommendations made in the recent Rapid Review of the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s Regulatory Practices and Processes.

From 3 August to 31 August 2020, we sought public feedback on this paper to assess how we can support the VET sector in a move towards greater self-assurance by providers.

We are working with the sector to understand how we can support providers in building self-assurance capability, to critically examine and continuously improve practice for sustained compliance, to produce quality outcomes for students, employers, and the community.

During this initial consultation process, we sought feedback around three key areas:

  1. Short, medium and long-term outcomes in moving towards effective self-assurance.
  2. Examples of existing provider self-assurance.
  3. Revisions to the annual RTO declaration on compliance.

While feedback on our self-assurance consultation paper has closed, ASQA is still eager to hear how providers currently self-assure to meet their compliance requirements and deliver quality outcomes for students. We are looking for examples from all kinds of providers and across a variety of contexts. Through a variety of examples, we are aiming to build a shared understanding of self-assurance across the sector.

You can provide examples and case studies by completing this form.

What is self-assurance?

One of the recommendations from the Rapid Review of the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s Regulatory Practices and Processes, was that ASQA should ‘promote and facilitate a culture of effective self-assurance as an integral part of a provider’s routine operations’. This means a move away from inputs and compliance controls, to one that focuses more on self-assurance by providers.

The concept of self-assurance refers to the way providers manage their operations to ensure a focus on quality, continuous improvement, and ongoing compliance. Self-assurance requires providers have systems in place to critically examine their performance (compliance with the Standards) and outcomes (student outcomes), on an ongoing basis, to identify ways to continuously improve.

While ASQA’s regulatory approach has not always specifically focused on provider self-assurance, the expectation for providers to quality assure their operations has always formed part of the VET regulatory framework.

Self-assurance webinar recording

On the 13 August 2020 ASQA broadcast our ‘Working together towards effective self-assurance’ webinar to over 600 attendees. Due to technical issues while running this live webinar, a re-recorded version has been now been produced to replace the original version. This newly recorded version includes the questions and answers covered in the original webinar.

Why is feedback important?

Increasing the focus on self-assurance in VET requires a collective effort from governments, regulators, and providers. Governments are responsible for ensuring the VET framework is fit for purpose, with a greater emphasis on self-assurance in the Standards. ASQA, as the regulator, is responsible for promoting and supporting a culture of effective self-assurance, monitoring each provider’s performance against the Standards, and supporting providers to return to compliance (or to apply sanctions where this is not possible). Providers are responsible for applying self-assurance measures as a core part of their business to maintain compliance with the Standards, and ensuring they are consistently delivering quality outcomes for students.

ASQA is seeking input on our proposed approach to developing self-assurance capability and practice for providers. Your feedback will inform the design and implementation of initiatives that aim to build a culture of effective self-assurance in the sector.

Submitting your feedback

Public submissions in response to our self-assurance consultation paper closed on 31 August. However, for reference, you can still view the consultation paper.

Do you have an example of how you already practice self-assurance?

While feedback on our self-assurance consultation paper has closed, ASQA is still eager to hear how providers currently self-assure to meet their compliance requirements and deliver quality outcomes for students. We are looking for examples from all kinds of providers and across a variety of contexts. Through a variety of examples, we are aiming to build a shared understanding of self-assurance across the sector.

Submit your feedback on the self-assurance consultation questions

Submit feedback

ASQA is eager to hear how providers self-assure to meet their compliance requirements and deliver quality outcomes for students.
Download the consultation paper on self-assurance

Consultation paper

Read our consultation paper on self-assurance.
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