VRQA History

The VRQA builds on a strong history of education and training in Victoria.

The VRQA was established under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (the Act) and commenced operation on 1 July 2007. A Ministerial Statement of Expectations (SoE) (pdf - 216.32kb) (2006) sets out the functions the then government expected the VRQA to undertake and ways in which it was to operate.

The VRQA brought together a number of education and training regulatory functions previously undertaken by several Victorian government agencies. Other functions were new, such as the registration of children for home schooling, the registration of government schools, the setting of minimum standards for their operation and monitoring compliance to these standards, the provision of public information on providers and their compliance with minimum standards, and a new category of senior secondary courses.

The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 commenced operation on 1 July 2011, when approximately 570 VET providers came under Commonwealth jurisdiction. On 29 January 2012, the national Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) was established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011. TEQSA assumed regulatory responsibility for the registration of higher education institutions and the accreditation of courses delivered.

The Education and Training Reform Amendment (Skills) Act 2010 substantially amended Victorian legislation of VET regulation, TAFE governance and consumer protection for students. These amendments widened the functions of the VRQA to strengthen the regulatory system for training organisations, and commenced progressively from 1 April 2011. All the additional functions set out within Education and Training Reform Amendment (Skills) Act have now commenced operation and now form part of the Act.

The Education Legislation Amendment (VET Sector, Universities and Other Matters) Act 2012 amended the Act, transferring the regulation of apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria from the Victorian Skills Commission to the VRQA on 1 October 2012.

Endorsed by the then Minister for Higher Education and Skills the Minister for Education, in 2012 the VRQA Future Direction Statement (pdf - 2.52mb) outlined the VRQA's key approach to regulation.

In response to the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission's 2011 Inquiry into Victoria's Regulatory Framework, the Victorian Government agreed to issue SoEs to Victorian regulators.

In 2014, the then Minister for Education and Minister for Higher Education and Skills provided a Statement of Expectations for the VRQA. This was refreshed by the Minister for Education and Minister for Training and Skills and provided the VRQA in August 2015.

See Statement of Expectations for all SoEs for the VRQA.

In June 2016, the VRQA Board held its 60th meeting.