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VRQA guidelines for VET providers

The VRQA has developed the 2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers to strengthen the quality of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Victoria.

AQTF standards

All vocational education and training in Australia is regulated under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).

The Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) is the national set of standards that assures nationally consistent, high-quality training and assessment services for the clients of Australia’s vocational education and training system. 

AQTF publications relevant to registration include:

RTOs are required to submit regular reports on AQTF Quality Indicators. For more information, see: Reporting on AQTF Quality Indicators.   

National Standards for RTOs and VET Regulators

In September 2014 the COAG Industry Skills Council endorsed new national standards for RTOs and VET regulators. In Victoria, the 2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers have been developed to address gaps between the Victorian regulatory settings and the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 and provide for a nationally consistent approach to VET regulation.  The five key areas are:
  1. qualifications of trainers, assessors and individuals working under the supervision of a trainer – a requirement that trainers, assessors and individuals working under supervision hold the relevant training and assessment qualifications.ualifications of trainers, assessors and individuals working under the supervision of a trainer – a requirement that trainers, assessors and individuals working under supervision hold the relevant training and assessment qualifications.
  2. transparency and oversight of third parties engaged by RTOs – a requirement that RTOs have a written agreement with third parties and notify the regulator and relevant students of any such agreement.
  3. amount of training – RTOs are explicitly required to determine an appropriate amount of training for each student.
  4. delivery and validation of the training and assessment qualifications – to deliver a training and assessment qualification, RTOs are required to have their assessment independently validated and trainers are required to hold elivery and validation of the training and assessment qualifications – to deliver a training and assessment qualification, RTOs are required to have their assessment independently validated and trainers are required to hold
  5. annual declaration of RTO compliance – RTOs are required to provide an annual declaration of compliance with the standards to the regulator.

It is not necessary for the VRQA to transition to the new Standards for VET Regulators as there are no substantial gaps in the regulatory settings. However, one element of the new Standards for VET Regulators is included in 2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers, in order to support implementation of the requirements regarding RTOs adding a training and assessment qualification to their scope of registration.

RTOs transferring registration to ASQA

VRQA-registered RTOs intending to provide VET to international students or to operate in states and territories other than Victoria only, or Victoria and Western Australia only, must transfer their registration to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
 
ASQA-registered RTOs are required to meet the requirements of the Standards for RTOs 2015.
 
 The VRQA has published a mapping summary (docx - 92.4kb) that highlights the similarities and any differences between the Standards for RTOs 2015, the Australian Quality Training Framework and the 2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers.
 
The VRQA and ASQA have agreed on guidelines to ensure that there is no disadvantage to VRQA-registered RTOs in the process of transferring their registration to ASQA.
 
For more information see: Transferring registration to ASQA.