Key Changes for RTOs and ASQA - in effect from 1.3.21

Key changes to legislation approved in 2020 come into effect 1 March 2021.

It involves:

  • The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Data Provision Requirements) Instrument 2020 (new instrument)

  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Regulations 2011 (update to existing)

Changes apply to RTO requirements for:

  • Supplying information to ASQA on request - which now includes supply in a particular manner and/or format, for example, electronically. Note that changes also include ability for ASQA to request student records in a specific electronic format - details of which will be forthcoming from ASQA in the next few months

  • Data provision requirements including:

  • Keeping ASQA updated on certain changes within the RTO

  • Keeping ASQA updated about the "physical address of any site or campus from which VET courses are delivered on a permanent basis"

  • Type of information that must be provided to ASQA about third-party arrangements

  • ​Ability to comply with the VET Quality Framework (VQF) requirements, including:

  • The Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements and Fit and Proper Person Requirements

  • Any future event that is likely to impact ability to comply with VQF

  • Any future likely substantial changes to operations

  • Ongoing demonstration of commitment to, and capability for, delivering quality VET, including:

  • Actions for self-assurance and a sustained and systemic approach to rectify identified non-compliances

  • Embedding ongoing compliance in everyday operations

See the following for more information about the new requirements, including changes to ASQA processes:

  • ASQA website

  • ​ASQA Guidance for reporting locations

  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Data Provision Requirements) Instrument 2020

  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011


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