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VRQA Annual Report 2022–23

The 2022–23 VRQA Annual Report is now available on our website.

BuildUP at Melbourne Polytechnic

Representatives spread the word at Trades Day.

Scammers targeting Chinese students in Australia

CRICOS schools must protect the welfare of students under 18.

BuildUP update

Campaign engages industry stakeholders and apprentices.

Our 2023 Client and stakeholder research is underway

​Let us know how we can improve our regulatory services.

BuildUP is now open

The women apprentices in construction campaign starts today.

VRQA authorised officers in Wodonga

We're deploying officers to check in on apprentices and trainees in high-risk industries.

Disability workers in schools

​New regulations exempt teachers and principals from the requirements of the Disability Worker Regulation Scheme.

Training contract processing times decrease again

​The time taken to process TAFE training contracts continues to improve.

Cake shop banned from employing apprentices and trainees

VRQA acts to ensure the rights of apprentices and trainees to a safe working environment.

Memorandum of Understanding with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria

Strengthening review body arrangements to assure compliance of Catholic schools

Free apprentice vehicle registration in Victoria

If you’re a trade apprentice using your car for work, you may be eligible to get 100% off your registration renewal.

New VRQA authorised officers

​Apprentices and trainee field services come in-house from 1 July 2023.

Competency-based completions

​Advice for apprentices, trainees and their employers.

Compliance and enforcement framework for apprenticeships and traineeships

​New framework seeks to eliminate harm, or the risk of harm, to apprentices and trainees.

Home schooling and senior secondary certificates

​Be aware of what commercial entities can and cannot deliver.

TAFE training contract processing times improving

VRQA registers training contracts in 2 days.

Apprentice and trainee employer approval reform

​57,000 inactive employer approvals revoked

Memorandum of Understanding with Energy Safe Victoria

​We will collaborate to ensure the quality of training in the Victorian electricity sector.

Independent school registration briefing

Information for organisations planning to apply to register an independent school in 2024.

Compliance reminders for RTOs

​Annual declarations and Child Safe Standards audits.

2022 client and stakeholder research findings

Thank you to all those who participated in VRQA's annual research.

Are your emergency contact details up to date?

​Find out more about the emergency contact register.

Employers must supervise apprentices and trainees

​Apprenticeships Victoria's Guidance Note and fact sheets.

263 training contracts cancelled in 6 months

​Use the employer checklist to help avoid cancellations.

Changes to Child Safe Standards regulation

​VRQA given additional legislative powers.

2023 fees and charges

​​Our fees and charges have changed from 1 January 2023 to reflect Consumer Price Index movements.

Topline Carpentry banned from employing apprentices and trainees

VRQA bans company found guilty of OHS breaches from employing apprentices and trainees

RTOs: More time to transition to current training packages and qualifications

​The VRQA can now extend transition end dates where appropriate.

Is your school bushfire ready?

​Information to help schools and school boarding premises prepare for a bushfire.

Delays to your training contract?

Call your apprenticeship network provider.

The dos and don'ts of applications and learning plans

Follow these tips to get them right the first time.

Our plan for the next 3 years

​The VRQA Strategic Plan 2022–25 defines our priorities for the next 3 years.

New Child Safe Standards resources for non-school providers

​Information and guidance to help non-school providers comply with the new Standards.

The VRQA stops registration of inappropriate traineeships

Employers are reminded that apprentices and trainees must undertake work that matches their skill level.

Reminder to employers: release your apprentices and trainees to undertake training

​The VRQA is putting employers on notice – make sure apprentices and trainees can undertake training.

Problem with your apprenticeship or traineeship?

Call the VRQA.

VRQA acts to protect quality of traineeship system

​Car dealership banned from signing up trainees.

Building Equality Policy

​A data-informed approach to closing the gender gap in construction.

Reminder to employers: supervise your apprentices

​The VRQA regularly monitors apprentices, trainees and their employers.

Mitigating the risk of harm to Victorian apprentices and trainees

​The VRQA is contacting employers about their obligations and approval to employ.

Our regulatory approach, explained

​Read our regulatory approach statement to understand how we perform our role and what to expect from us.

Employer’s approval to hire and train apprentices revoked

​The VRQA regularly uses its enforcement powers.

Updated guidelines reflecting new standards and secondary pathways

The updates reflect Victoria’s new Child Safe Standards and new secondary education pathways.

Approval revoked: examples of employer non-compliance

​A snapshot of recent VRQA compliance activity.

Apprenticeship regulators agree to greater collaboration

​Mitigating the risk of harm to apprentices and trainees.

Advice from WorkSafe: Falls prevention

​A guide to making your workplace safer.

Regulation case file

Common compliance issues and how employers can avoid them.

Get to know our CEO

Jonathan Kaplan answers some questions about himself and his career.

Lynn Glover awarded PSM

Our former CEO has been recognised for her contribution to Victorian education.

2021 fees and charges

Our fees and charges have changed since 1 January 2021 to reflect consumer price index movements.

VRQA Board welcomes Penny Hutchinson as member

Ms Hutchinson brings extensive experience in arts and financial services leadership.

Our plan for the next two years

The VRQA Strategic Plan 2020–22 outlines our focus, in the context of recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The 2019–20 VRQA Annual Report is published

Our most recent annual report is now available to view and download.

COVID-19: Answers to common RTO questions

​Our FAQs will help you understand options for delivering training during the pandemic.

Video presentations to help you through your home schooling review

Home schooling reviews look a little different this year, here’s how to prepare

Child Safe Standards and online learning

Keeping children safe online.

COVID-19: Guidance for RTOs

Let us know of the changes you are making to your delivery practices.

How to address maths at home

​Everyday approaches to numeracy skills.

Child safe culture research published

​Insights gained from schools with child-safe cultures.

Leave photos of your child out

​To protect your family’s privacy, don’t add photos of your child to your learning plan or review material.

The dos and don’ts of applications and learning plans

Follow these tips to get them right the first time.

VAGO report on child safe standards

​We welcome this opportunity to reflect on the implementation of child safe standards in schools.

Home schooling and funded VET courses

How to enrol your child in a government-subsidised vocational course.

Linking home schooling families to support and services

​A range of resources for home educating families who have a child with additional needs.

Guidelines to the Minimum Standards – understanding not-for-profit

When the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 commenced, the not-for-profit requirements were significantly strengthened. Here’s what you need to know.

Watch: registration information session

Everything you need to know about registering for home schooling in Victoria.

Home education snapshots: April to June

We’ve put together snapshots of our activity over the last three months, including the start of our 2018 review program.

Learning area inspiration

To help home educating families explore the learning areas and build on their child’s educational program, we’re extending our resource library.

Apprenticeships and traineeships: resolving disputes

Most apprenticeships proceed smoothly but occasionally disputes between apprentices and employers arise.

Commonwealth disruption affecting apprenticeship and traineeship registration

Disruption delaying the registration of 300-400 training contracts in Victoria that were lodged in mid-February.

Clean up and learn

Participating in events like Clean Up Australia Day present great opportunities for you to link to your child’s learning and capture evidence of your child’s learning outcomes.

Annual Declaration of Compliance - now overdue

A reminder to RTOs that Annual Declarations of Compliance are now overdue. Download a copy of the declaration now!

Home schooling — the stats are in

Each year, we publish information sheets to snapshot trends and statistics on specific sectors.

Commonwealth opens VET stakeholder consultation

Commonwealth Department of Education and Training is calling on VET stakeholders to participate in their public consultation on unduly short courses and training product reform.