ASQA's 2017-18 annual report and RTOs that delivered no training 2016-17

ASQA released their 2017-18 annual report last week. The report discussed ASQA’s achievements, strategies and direction. 

During the reported period, 1478 audit activities and 4939 applications were successfully conducted and lodged. Compared to the previous year, there was also a significant increase in adverse regulatory decisions made, helping more efficiently address and target training providers who did not meet or adequately pass the sector’s rules, standards and guidelines. 

The document outlined key present and future regulatory initiatives, such as the strategic review of the international scope of vocational education, and further efforts to develop strategies to scrutinise prospective applicants of the vocational and training sector. ASQA highlighted that as a relatively small agency, it had successfully and efficiently undertaken a substantial volume of work for the period in question. 

Also included were areas of interest to ASQA in the delivery of their Regulatory Strategy 2018-20. This includes existing and potential risks to ASQA’s reputation and the continued delivery of quality standards in the VET industry, and proposed strategies to address these problem areas. Please visit our ASQA Update for a more detailed outline of the Regulatory Strategy 2018-20 Report. 

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RTOs that delivered no training 2016-17

In the coming weeks, ASQA will be contacting training providers who have delivered no training in 2016-17, according to data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). 

If your organisation fits into this category, ASQA recommends one of the following three courses of action:

  • A voluntary withdrawal of registration, or
  • A demonstration of ongoing financial viability and access to suitable resources, 
  • Correction/updated information to be provided to NCVER addressing the delivery of training of your college 

If your RTO has not delivering training for an extended period of time and is not able to demonstrate one of the above criteria, it may be difficult to remain compliant with regulatory standards. ASQA will seek to impose sanctions or cancel registration of the organisation on behalf of the training provider.

90-day Registration Renewal reminder

ASQA has issued a reminder that under section 31 (1)(a) of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011, all Registered Training Organisations must lodge their Renewal of Registration application and pay the lodgement fee at least 90 days before the expiration of your registration

It is the essential responsibility of the training provider to be aware of their registration expiry date and their prompt lodgement of the renewal of registration application. If the application is not submitted before the 90 day period deadline, ASQA has stated that it will likely not accept your application

Late submissions will only be accepted for exceptional circumstances, however the number of acceptable circumstances is limited. ASQA will not accept the inability to anticipate staff leave or maintain up to date contacts as acceptable reasons for late lodgement. 

If your college needs assistance lodging a Renewal of Registration application, ACVET offers re-registration support as well as other RTO Compliance, audit and content management services. Feel free to contact us for more information.

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