Registration Requirements

To be eligible to apply for registration as an RTO with the VRQA, your institution must:

  • be a company incorporated in Australia or an incorporated association or body otherwise specified in s.4.3.16(4A) of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. Sole traders, partnerships or trusts are not eligible to apply. A company incorporated in Australia and acting as Trustee (ATF) for a Trust can apply for registration.
  • have its principal place of business in Victoria
  • only deliver to domestic students in Victoria or only in Victoria and Western Australia.

Understanding the registration requirements

The first step in applying for registration is to check the registration requirements. These requirements are listed below.

NOTE: The VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers have changed.

The 2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers have been developed to reduce the regulatory gaps between Victoria’s and the national RTO standards. Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have also been developed to assist RTOs with the guidelines. New applications for RTO registration must demonstrate compliance from 1 January 2016, and existing RTOs by 1 April 2016.

For more information see:

Provider risk framework

The VRQA provider risk framework outlines important risks considered by the VRQA when registering and monitoring education and training providers.

Compliance with other relevant legislation

All registered training organisations (RTOs) have an obligation to comply with relevant Commonwealth, state or territory legislation and regulatory requirements.

RTOs must ensure that their staff and clients are fully informed of legislative and regulatory requirements that affect their duties or participation in vocational education and training (see condition 3 of the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Initial Registration and the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration).

Information sessions

All potential applicants for registration must attend a pre-registration information and financial management guidance session before applying for registration as an RTO.

The financial management guidance part of the session will provide guidance on the financial management requirements related to Guideline 1 Governance, financial viability and Management systems and provide information about the RTO registration process in Victoria. It will be conducted on behalf of the VRQA by Grant Thornton, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisory.

The pre-registration information section of the session will be conducted by VRQA staff.

For more information on attending the sessions, see: Events.

The next step

Once you have read the above documents, the next step is to determine your scope of registration.