1 July 2011

1st July 2011 marked an important day in the Australian VET sector. It was the day that the new national VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority, or ASQA started its regulatory role in some States and Territories. Note that not all States made the transition to ASQA on 1st July. For transition arrangements follow this link.

Part of the challenge a national regulator faced was having the legislative basis for operation because there had never been a Commonwealth law overseeing VET regulation. The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 establishes this new approach to national regulation.

One very important term we should all become familiar with is the VET Quality Framework which consists of 5 elements. When reading through these documents be mindful that they don’t necessarily mean major changes to how RTOs operate.

The VET Quality Framework consists of the following documents. Click on any document to follow the link.

  • the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations
  • the Fit and Proper Person Requirements
  • the Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements
  • the Data Provision Requirements and
  • the Australian Qualifications Framework

The differences between the AQTF and the Standards for NVR RTOs are tabled here.