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1 ASQA The National VET Regulator

2 Commonwealth Parliament Commonwealth Minister ASQA Standing Committee on Tertiary Education Skills and Employment NSSC DEEWR State / Territory Education Ministers Regulated Training Organisations Governance

3 Australian Skills Quality Authority 3 Chief Executive Offices in all capital cities of Australia Commissioner Risk Analysis & Investigation Chief Commissioner Commissioner Compliance

4 The Regulatory Model - Vision Students, employers and governments have full confidence in the quality of vocational education and training outcomes delivered by RTOs. The Model Ensures risks to quality vocational education are well managed Employs a strong compliance auditing and monitoring regime and a range of escalating sanctions Recognises the need for innovation and flexibility in VET …Has a number of key features

5 The Regulatory Model Key features Robust framework of legislation and standards Balanced and responsive Risk focus Industry engagement Rigorous audit methodology Fairness and transparency Promotion of informed choice by consumers Accountability Accessibility

6 Robust framework of legislation and standards The legislation National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 NVR Transitional Provisions Act 2011 NVR Consequential Amendments Act 2011 Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (amended in 2010)

7 VET Quality Framework Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations (AQTF) Fit and Proper Person Requirements Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements Data Provision Requirements Australian Qualifications Framework National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (CRICOS Registration) Standards for VET Accredited Courses 7 Standards – Legislative Instruments

8 Balanced and Responsive to Risk Stringent conditions for entry into the market Proportionate regulatory intervention based on risk assessment Expectation of compliance at all times A range of sanctions for failure to comply with standards and legislation

9 Risk Management Comprehensive risk management approach: Three levels: ● Risk assessment of initial, renewal, scope applications (including financial viability risk assessment and fit and proper person assessment) ● Structured risk assessments of RTOs ● Analysis of system risks Using the Risk Assessment Framework (S 190 of the Act)

10 Risk Assessment of RTOs Categories of Risk ● Performance ● Governance ● Profile Impact indicators Approach consistent with AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 – standards for risk management (Published by Standards Australia) Likelihood indicators

11 RTO Risk Assessment Performance AQTF/VQF audit history ESOS audit history Substantiated complaints Other valid performance data Governance Financial viability data Fundamental changes to scope of operations Reliance on partnering organisations Organisational ownership and planning Total Likelihood Rating Profile Scope of registration Delivery of training leading to licensed or regulated outcome RTO delivering training to overseas students in Australia Delivery of training offshore Mode of delivery Total Impact Rating Overall Rating H M L Indicators:

12 Risk Management Analysis of VET system risks: ● Data from audit outcomes about compliance trends ● Feedback from industry bodies (ISCs and industry regulators) and professional associations ● Complaints data and trends ● State/Territory/Australian Government intelligence (e.g. apprenticeship regulation, purchasing, DIAC) ● Analysis of data based on quality indicators including student and employer outcomes, & visa data 12

13 Industry Engagement Aim: Confidence that vocational outcomes meet industry standards Engagement strategies Guidance on learning and assessment resources Additional requirements for Licensing outcomes Participation in audit activities, pre-audit, technical advisers on audits or strategic industry audits Development activities for auditors

14 Rigorous audit approach Systematic and rigorous Outcomes focused Evidence-based Flexible Fair, open and transparent Moderated 14 Rigorous assessment of courses for accreditation

15 Transparency and fairness Processes transparent Procedurally fair Decisions clear and accountable Review of decisions by ASQA Review by Administrative Appeals Tribunal 15 The National VET Regulator will have regard to the interests of students, industry and the public in its decision making.

16 Informed choice for consumers Exploring the publishing of audit outcomes Published list of RTOs & names of high managerial agents - registration cancelled or suspended and reasons The near future 16

17 Regulator accountability The National VET Regulator reports annually to the Commonwealth Minister and the Ministerial Council against key performance indicators Annual report tabled in the Australian Parliament Report on ASQA’s compliance with VET regulator standards Certification of ASQA quality systems to ISO 9001 17

18 Accessibility One national regulator for: RTO registration (except for VIC and WA where providers have state based operations) CRICOS registration for VET, ELICOS & Foundation Studies providers (but not schools or HE) Course accreditation (also in WA and VIC) One national regulator to monitor compliance including: any cross-jurisdictional operations operations outside of Australia where training and assessment are conducted and AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment are issued any online operations 18

19 19 ASQA offices Course Accreditation Compliance Operations Risk Assessment Legal and Investigations Complaints National Panel of Compliance Auditors Risk Analysis and Industry Engagement

20 20 Thank you

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