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Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority
Edition 40 (Special Edition)
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A message from the Chair

Dear VRQA stakeholders

In October 2014 the VRQA Board celebrated its fiftieth meeting since its establishment in 2007. At the fiftieth VRQA Board meeting the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon. Nick Wakeling MP, presented the Board with a photo of the original 1906–07 Tim's photoApprenticeship Conference.

In recognition of this milestone, I am pleased to bring to your attention the VRQA Strategic Plan 2014–16, and the VRQA Annual Report 2013–14.

Further details are available in this edition of e-news

Upon establishment the VRQA was the peak accreditation, registration, certification and quality assurance body for school education, VET, and some higher education in Victoria.

Since 2007 the VRQA has established a number of additional regulatory functions, including the registration of children for home schooling, The role of the VRQA has also changed since 2007 with the transfer of some VET regulation to the Australian Skills Quality Authority and of higher education to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency in 2011.

In 2012 the VRQA became responsible for regulating apprenticeships and traineeships, building on a strong history of regulatory and advisory bodies stretching back over a century.

In September, the VRQA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman to help improve compliance with federal workplace laws relating to apprentices and trainees.Contract signing photo

The VRQA has a strong working relationship with the Fair Work Ombudsman. Formalising this relationship via the MoU helps the VRQA to perform its regulatory role in ensuring apprentices, trainees and their employers meet their training contract obligations.

Fair Work Ombudsman and VRQA representatives will meet at least twice a year to share information and discuss issues concerning the employment of apprentices and trainees.

VRQA Director Lynn Glover co-signed the two-year MoU with Michael Campbell, Deputy Fair Work Ombudsman (Operations) in September 2014.

Details of all current memoranda of understanding to which the VRQA is a party are published on the VRQA website.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank the providers, employers and stakeholders that work with the VRQA to provide quality learning outcomes in safe and well governed environments.

Tim Smith


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Pre-registration information and financial management guidance session for Vocational Education and Training (VET)




VRQA Strategic Plan 2014–16

The VRQA Board looks forward to continuing to contribute to a quality education and training system in Victoria. Our mission, priorities and initiatives for 2014–16 are set out in the VRQA Strategic Plan 2014–16.


strategic plan
VRQA Annual Report 2013–14

The VRQA Board is proud of its achievements over the first 50 meetings. Our most recent achievements are set out in the VRQA Annual Report 2013–14.


Annual report
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