What is GTO?
A group training organisation (GTO) is established predominately to provide training and employment opportunities. GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and are responsible for ensuring that they receive suitable work and training. To achieve this, the GTO will find a suitable 'host' employer for each apprentice or trainee to work with on a daily basis.
GTOs in Victoria
The VRQA regulates GTOs as employers of apprentices and trainees, under Part 5.5 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
To be recognised as a GTO by the VRQA, an organisation must comply with the National Standards for GTOs including demonstrating financial viability. The VRQA 'recognises' GTOs as complying with the National Standards for GTOs, but does not 'register' them.
We work with the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) to coordinate GTO regulation. The AEN coordinates compliance surveys against the National Standards for GTOs, and provides networking and support services.
Recognised GTOs in Victoria
GTOs that we recognise are listed on the GTO National Register, available from the Australian Apprenticeships website. To access the register, visit:
Become recognised as a GTO
Organisations seeking to become recognised as a GTO in Victoria apply to us.
Submit an application, including a compliance self-assessment against the National Standards for Group Training Organisations, and associated evidence.
To access the forms, see:
We assess the application and conduct a financial viability assessment, requesting specific financial information about your organisation.
An audit will be conducted to determine your compliance with the National Standards for Group Training Organisations. This may involve a desk audit and/or site audit.
We provide feedback and seek a response from you.
We make a final decision on the application. If the application is approved, recognition is granted for up to 5 years.
Review and renewal of GTO recognition
We grant GTO recognition for up to 5 years. During that time, we review GTO compliance with the National Standards for Group Training Organisations.
GTOs can apply to renew their recognition for up to a further 5 years.
The review and renewal processes involve a compliance audit against the National Standards for Group Training Organisations, and may also include a financial viability assessment.
For more information, see: