About group training organisations

What is a GTO?

A group training organisation (GTO) is a labour hire provider that employs apprentices and trainees. A GTO will find suitable 'host' opportunities for each apprentice or trainee.

A GTO is responsible for ensuring that its apprentices and trainees receive suitable work and training.

GTO recognition

We regulate GTOs as employers of apprentices and trainees, under Part 5.5 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.

We 'recognise' GTOs that comply with the National Standards for GTOs (the Standards). We do not 'register' GTOs.

We work with the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) to coordinate GTO recognition. The AEN coordinates compliance surveys against the Standards, and provides networking and support services.

To view the Standards, see:

Once recognised, a GTO:

  • will be listed on our website and the GTO National Register
  • may be eligible for payroll tax exemption.

To view the list of VRQA-recognised GTOs, see:

Getting recognised as a GTO

Organisations can apply to us seeking recognition as a GTO in Victoria.

Step 1​

Submit an application, including a compliance self-assessment against the Standards, and associated evidence.

To access the forms, see:

Step 2

We assess the application and conduct a financial viability assessment, requesting specific financial information about your organisation.

Step 3

An audit will be conducted to determine your compliance with the Standards. This may involve a desk audit and, or site audit.

Step 4

We provide feedback and seek a response from you.

Step 5

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 GTOs recognition for up to 5 years. During that time, we can review the GTO's ongoing compliance with the Standards.

For more information, see:​