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How to win at RTO compliance whack-a-mole!

December 11, 2018

Compliance can sometimes feel like a game of whack-a-mole. As soon as you’ve resolved incorrectly tracked student activity you find out that a document failed to upload—and the game continues.

It can be helpful to remember that you’re not alone. Everyone has their part to play when it comes to maintaining compliance, which makes it the ultimate RTO team sport.

Here are 4 steps to creating your very own Compliance A-Team.

1. Connect

Social media and email are great tools to keep updated on friends and work, but they’re also the places that we’re increasingly heading to for news and updates on the world around us. Why not stay updated while also getting your social fix? Here are a few resources to get you started:

2. Network

Peer learning is monumentally key for growth. Enlist a group of colleagues and go on a VET conference crawl to find out how other RTOs are tackling compliance. These are some of our favourites for 2019:

3. Educate

“Knowledge is power,” said Francis Bacon. If this is true, wouldn’t we fare better in the workplace if we kept our knowledge to ourselves so that we become irreplaceable?

Incorrect! Through sharing information we re-educate ourselves and help others learn from their mistakes, encouraging the generation of fresh insights—making you an even bigger asset to your RTO! Follow the steps below to create an induction guidebook for new and current members of your RTO and turn it into a compliance club that meets weekly to share insights.

4. Act

Finally, weave compliance into your RTO’s job descriptions, policies, and procedures. Make it a part of everyone's job identity by:

  • Assigning responsibilities for the tasks involved with the above 3 tips
  • Making sure you have a Compliance Captain, someone to update the team and document when compliance regulations are revised
  • Developing internal audit checks and having someone do spot checks of trainer evidence
  • Incorporate how each role fits within the Vocational Quality Framework (VQF)

Compliance isn’t your average RTO requirement—it changes and develops constantly. When you can’t do it alone, enlist the Compliance A-Team!

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