ASQA have released their new proposed fees for RTO & CRICOS providers, coming into effect on July 1st 2020. These changes are a result of their move to a full-cost recovery model, with taxpayers no longer subsidising their regulatory costs.
The most common fees for RTO & CRICOS providers can be broken down into three parts:
You can find the proposed fees for each of these below.
Registration lodgement fees are increasing for new RTOs, making it a little more expensive for them to initially register. For existing RTOs, lodgement fees to re-register are decreasing substantially.
This is known as the Annual Registration Charge (ARC), and the changes are a little more complicated. Currently, ASQA charges for registration based solely on the number of courses the training organisation offers, but going forward, they’ll be charging based on the number of courses, and the number of students at the training organisation.
Essentially, the more students you have, the more you’ll pay, with substantial price hikes when falling in the higher brackets.
In addition, registration costs for RTOs and CRICOS/ELICOS providers are merged into one, rather than being split. CRICOS/ELICOS providers could end up saving a little, or paying a whole lot more, depending on the number of students on their books.
Current registration costs
New registration costs
Audit costs are increasing, but only by a small amount—an extra $10 p/hr (+3.5%).
There’s an entirely separate set of fee changes for non-RTOs who offer accredited courses, which can be found in ASQA’s fees and charges proposal under sections 7.1 and 7.3.
Before ASQA implements the fee changes, they’d like feedback from training organisations, on areas such as:
Who knows? If ASQA hears the same argument from multiple training organisations, they might even lower their new prices.
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