The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met. Registered Training Organisations must publish ASQA Audit findings on their public website. Academia audit’s findings are in the link below.
Audits are regular occurrences in VET sector undertaken by the VET Regulator. All registered training organisations (RTOs) in Australia are responsible for ensuring they fully comply with the Standards at all times as a condition of their registration.
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Standards require that RTOs and people delivering VET qualifications meet a high standard. While the Standards allow flexibility in how industry skills and knowledge are obtained and demonstrated, they also set clear expectations about this, and about the VET competencies that must be held by trainers and assessors.
Learners and employers must be able to make informed choices about which training and provider will meet their needs. The Standards ensure RTOs provide sufficient, accurate information to allow learners to make sound choices.
Benefits of a quality VET sector
As the people being trained and/or assessed by an RTO, learners have the greatest stake in the quality of VET. Learners often rely on VET outcomes to gain employment or career advancement. Learners must be able to make informed choices about training that best meets their needs. Learners must have confidence that, no matter which provider they choose, they will receive quality training and assessment that is responsive to industry needs and to their needs.
Employers rely on RTOs to provide essential skills and knowledge to both new entrants and existing workers. The Standards require RTOs to maintain strong engagement with industry to ensure their services remain relevant to the needs of employers, and graduates are job-ready.