The 2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET providers (docx - 206.95kb) relating to third-party arrangements have been introduced to help ensure learners and prospective learners receive appropriate, high-quality training and support services and accurate information about any training they choose to undertake.
An RTO is responsible for all services delivered under its registration, regardless of where these are conducted, including in other countries. This responsibility applies to all obligations as an RTO, including:
- providing data
- cooperating with the VRQA
- complying with advertising and marketing standards
- informing prospective learners
- dealing with complaints and appeals
- collecting fees, and
An RTO needs to notify the VRQA of the third party agreement:
- within 30 calendar days of that agreement being entered into, or prior to the obligations under the agreement taking effect, whichever occurs first, and
- within 30 calendar days of the agreement coming to an end
A third party is any party that provides services on behalf of the RTO but does not include a contract of employment between an RTO and its employee. Services include training, assessment, related educational and support services and/or any activities related to the recruitment of prospective learners. It does not include services such as student counselling, mediation or ICT support.
How to notify the VRQA of third party arrangements
Read the FAQ 2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET providers carefully, and complete and submit Form F - Notification of third party arrangements (docx - 353.41kb) to the VRQA.
There is no fee for notifying of third party arrangements.