As any registered training organisation knows, the Standards for RTOs need to be adhered to at all times. Non-compliance can result in de-registration—and nobody wants that.
A new NVR Regulation Amendment has altered some of the compliance rules surrounding RTOs, changing the way ASQA deals with certain breaches and the consequences that can be enforced.
Here’s all you need to know.
In an effort to further protect our nation’s students from deplorable education providers, ASQA now has the power to impose civil penalties on RTOs in breach of the SRTOs, even if the offending organisation has since resolved their issue.
In the past, ASQA had higher restrictions on the types of breaches it could escalate to civil penalty, making their focus mainly on the issuance of false qualifications. With this new amendment, ASQA has the authority to proceed with civil penalties for any breach of the Standards.
It’s a bold move that’s giving the Australian Skills Quality Authority greater influence in the protection of our VET industry’s quality.
In addition to this change, the amendment now includes the clearance for ASQA to issue infringement notices to training providers who prove non-compliant with the Data Provision Requirements. This is in addition to their right to issue notices to RTOs non-compliant with the Australian Qualifications Framework and the Standards for NVR RTOs.
In other words, RTOs need to be even more vigilant about their accordance with the DPR 2012—as well as keeping compliant with the AQF and NVR Standards.
After listening to feedback from training providers, ASQA has developed a new, non-mandatory course proposal template for RTOs wanting to register English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
When ASQA looks at your application for ELICOS registration, the first thing they assess is your demonstrated compliance to Standard C1 - Mandatory requirements for course applications. A lot of providers felt there wasn’t enough guidance provided in the ELICOS Standards 2018, so this new template is a great initiative on behalf of ASQA and should make the registration process a lot more fluid for applicants.
The new course proposal template isn’t compulsory, but for anyone seeking ELICOS registration it’s a great resource for providing evidence against Standard C1.
The new power given to our reigning government body shouldn’t be a major cause for concern. Any upstanding RTO providing genuine training in compliance with the Standards shouldn’t need to make any changes; civil penalties are reserved for significant or persistant compliance breaches.
As anyone working in this industry knows, VET legislation and requirements are a constantly evolving topic. Governing bodies like ASQA are still trying to get the formula right—but until they do, the onus is on you to stay informed of changes.
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