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VET regulatory reform


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Presented at the ASQA national information sessions, these slides outline delegations for RTOs, changes within ASQA's regulatory approach and the transition period to the 2015 RTO standards. Find out more about VET reform visit

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VET regulatory reform

  1. 1. Presentation Title Subheading VET regulatory reform Presenter’s name 00.00.2013
  2. 2. 2 Rethinking the VET regulatory approach The Australian Government is committed to reducing the regulatory burden on business. What does this mean for the VET sector? • lower regulatory burden on high-quality, fully compliant providers • more support for providers who are trying to do the right thing but have some difficulties in fully meeting the national standards • even more rigorous regulation of the minority who are seriously non-compliant, poor-quality providers • Regulatory action is more likely to be triggered by ASQA’s identification of risk, rather than applications.
  3. 3. Reducing the regulatory burden and cost • Automatic updates of equivalent training package qualifications without applications and payment of fees to ASQA (announced June 2014) • Ceasing financial viability assessments as a requirement for re-registering existing RTOs (announced June 2014) • No increase in ASQA’s fees for the foreseeable future (announced September 2014) • A new delegated regulatory authority for high-performing RTOs to add to their scope of registration without an application or fee to ASQA (announced September 2014) 3 Initiatives already announced
  4. 4. Earned autonomy – Delegations for RTOs Who can have an ASQA RTO delegation? • ASQA previously had delegation arrangements in place with 27 RTOs – mostly TAFEs in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia – as a legacy arrangement from the move to national regulation. • A delegate will be able to add new qualifications or units of competency to their scope of registration, without having to submit an application and pay a fee to ASQA each time they make a change. • ASQA is now inviting high-performing RTOs with a history of compliance with the national standards and who have already met the eligibility criteria to apply for a delegation of regulatory responsibility. 4
  5. 5. 5 Earned autonomy – Delegations for RTOs Who can have an ASQA RTO delegation? RTOs must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a delegation of regulatory responsibility: Registered for at least 5 years Renewed without audit by ASQA or if audited compliant at audit No outstanding regulatory action or compliance concerns
  6. 6. 6 Earned autonomy – Delegations for RTOs Who can have an ASQA RTO delegation? If ASQA deems your organisation eligible for a delegation of responsibility, you will receive an invitation to apply by email. On 17 October, ASQA invited 555 high-performing RTOs with a history of compliance with the national standards, who have met the eligibility criteria to apply.
  7. 7. Earned autonomy – Delegations for RTOs Key requirements to be met when accepting an invitation 7 Providing data to ASQA when exercising delegation Having a documented quality management system Agreeing to have an audit of the delegation function if requested Remaining compliant Nominating a delegate contact
  8. 8. Earned autonomy – Delegations for RTOs Implementing the new policy 8 Now • 5 years registration • Already renewed without rectification required • Due to be renewed by end of 2014 From 1 July 2015 • 5 years registration • Due to be renewed 2015 to 2017 • May be offered limited compliance audit From 1 July 2016 • Invitations will be offered to RTOs whose renewal involved rectification may be offered limited compliance audit or didn’t accept previous offer From 1 July 2017 • Ongoing invitations to eligible RTOs
  9. 9. ASQA’s emerging regulatory approach ASQA is transitioning to a data/intelligence led regulatory model with the aim of targeting regulatory scrutiny and resources to areas of greatest risk The elements of this model include: • an intelligence framework to capture and evaluate information • environmental scanning to inform where and how ASQA should apply greater scrutiny in its regulation • provider risk rating and provider profiling to assess providers’ compliance posture • strategic industry reviews to better address significant and systemic risks in the VET sector, and • a broader suite of regulatory tools (‘soft’ and ‘hard’). 9
  10. 10. Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 The new Standards for RTOs 2015 will be implemented from 1 January 2015 for prospective RTOs and 1 April 2015 for existing RTOs. The new Standards can be grouped as follows: • training and assessment • obligations to learners and clients, and • governance 10
  11. 11. Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 The key areas of difference with the current standards are: • more detail about assessment • verification/validation process • obligations around third-party arrangements including brokers and VET-FEE-HELP • greater disclosure to students • clearer and more detailed requirements around marketing • certificate on compliance • new requirements about trainers and assessors More detail about the Standards later today. 11
  12. 12. Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 Transition • All applications should be submitted based on the information on ASQAnet o forms on ASQAnet will be changed to reflect new standards well before the standards take effect • All decisions on applications or compliance must be made against the standards in effect at the time of the decision • ASQA will take a fair and reasonable approach to the transition o No adverse decision will be made based on new requirements without the provider being given a reasonable period of time to rectify any non-compliance • Detailed advice on transition arrangements will be published on ASQA’s Web site as soon as available 12
  13. 13. Helping RTOs to understand and meet national standards • Comprehensive information about the new national standards o an ASQA Users’ Guide to the new standards o mapping of the new standards to SNRs and AQTF o questions and answers about the new standards o new ASQA videos and webinars • A series of 26 face-to-face information sessions, like today’s, are being held across Australia about what the new standards mean and how ASQA will regulate them 13
  14. 14. Helping RTOs to understand and meet national standards • Revised ASQA Info line procedures (implemented March 2014) to give callers a specific ASQA contact and access to auditors for certain enquiries • Launched its rebranded website in July to provide: o a new, single help centre including video centre to help RTOs better understand their regulatory requirements o more information about delivery to overseas students o enhanced functionality and search capabilities. 14