Advancing Australia’s VET Sector. Curated industry news #06 2018

From the beginning of this month, ASQA has increased its scrutiny of all new RTO registrations which is already creating an impact on the industry. What does this mean for new providers? You’ll be expected to show evidence that your organisation is fully financially prepared to operate a sustainable training business; have all the appropriate training resources, processes and systems in place to commence delivery at the time of submitting your application; and you will need to ensure that all staff involved in the operation are suitable and suitably qualified.

Importantly, you will need to be fully compliant at submission and you will no longer have the opportunity to correct non-compliances prior to a final decision being made by ASQA on approval of your new RTO registration. It’s therefore vital that you carefully select an advisory team with in-depth industry experience to assist you through this complicated process.

In addition, ASQA has announced implementation of revised fees and charges to provide cost reductions for providers that demonstrate high levels of compliance and to support its new risk-based regulatory approach.

In a report on the levels of satisfaction of RTOs with the new ASQA audit approach, 90% of respondents reported being ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the fairness and transparency of the audit approach. ASQA’s next site audit survey on audits completed between 1 January and 31 March 2018 will be released soon, so watch this space.