Initial Registration application updates

Earlier this year ASQA announced that those who submit an initial registration application to deliver vocational and/or international training will be met with more scrutiny. 

To ensure the resources and skills of all those seeking to enter the VET industry are adequate, ASQA will confirm they are able to provide evidence of their available resources and willingness to engage in high-quality training and assessment in the Australian education sector. Only those who meet the above criteria will pass the registration process.

In the immediate period after the announcement, ASQA saw an unusually large surge in the number of applications received. In order to reduce the delay and speed up processing, ASQA has allocated additional resources to the review of initial registration applications. However, finalisation and approval may still become delayed especially where additional evidence will be required.

ASQA also notes that it is discovering a range of non-compliance issues during the review process. These include but are not limited to:

  • financial viability is not demonstrated or assessment is incomplete
  • business planning does not align to financial planning
  • thorough analysis of the market and competitors is not evident
  • all owners and stakeholders with responsibility for management are not disclosed
  • resource requirements are not clearly demonstrated, including learning, staffing and physical resources
  • strategies for training and assessment do not align to business plan and often lack detail
  • trainers and assessors have not demonstrated vocational competence
  • truthful and accurate responses to requests for information from ASQA have not been provided

If you have recently submitted an application and one or more the above is not met, ASQA will reject your initial registration application. ASQA highly recommends that your organisation address all the above required compliance and legislation standards to help streamline the process and ensure your application is not rejected. 

If you are experiencing one or more of these issues, it is in your best interests to withdraw your application and reapply once the problem has been rectified. As an added incentive, applicants who endeavour to address their compliance issues in this way will be eligible for a full or partial refund of their paid assessment fees.

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