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A Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
is an organisation providing Vocational
Education and Training (VET)
to students, resulting in qualifications and/or statements of attainment
that are recognised and accepted by industry and other educational
institutions throughout Australia.
At the time of this writing mostly based from public domain, there are
almost 5000 RTOs in Australia, providing training across a wide range of
subject areas including traditional trades, advanced technical training,
para-professional and professional studies, as well as pre-employment
and basic skills programs.
RTOs may be government (State or Territory) or privately owned
organisations. All RTOs in Australia and the qualifications they are
registered to deliver are listed on htttp://www.training.gov.au,
the National Register that replaced the National Training Information
Service (NTIS) in 2011.
To become registered as an RTO, an organisation must apply to the
regulatory body under whose jurisdiction it falls. Depending on the
organisation's main location and the student cohorts to whom it intends
to provide training and assessment services, its regulatory body will
Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
is the regulatory body for RTOs in:
the Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- the Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Tasmania, and
- RTOs in Victoria and Western
Australia that offer courses to overseas students, and/or offer
courses to students in states other than Victoria or Western
Australia, including online courses.
To become registered to deliver Vocational Education and Training in any
state or territory outside of Western Australia and Victoria, or to
overseas students, an organisation must meet a range of mandatory
Organisations must also meet additional requirements when:
Organisations registered under ASQA’s jurisdiction must comply with the
requirements of the VET
Quality Framework (VQF),
which has the following components:'
for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, which came
into affect for new RTOs on 1 January 2015, and will come into
affect for existing RTOs on 1 April 2015. All RTOs within Australia
that fall under the jurisdiction of ASQA must comply with the
Standards at all times as a condition of their registration.
- The Financial
Viability Risk Assessment Requirements 2011. These requirements
are designed to ensure that organisations generate sufficient income
to meet operating expenses while delivering quality training and
Provision Requirements 2012. Periodically, RTOs must submit data
compliant with the Australian
Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical
This includes inforamtion about students, their courses and
qualifications completed, and provides the mechanism for national
reporting about the VET system.
- The Australian
Qualifications Framework (AQF).
The AQF is a national policy for regulated qualifications within the
Australian education and training system, including VET and Higher
Education. It provides learning outcomes for each level and
qualification type, in a taxonomic structure designed to enable
consistency in the way in which qualifications are described as well
as clarity about the differences and relationships between
To apply for registration as an RTO with the VRQA, an organisation must
have its principle place of business within Victoria, and only deliver
to students within Victoria or Western Australia. Organisations must
be able to demonstrate compliance with:
The Principle purpose requirement.
From 1 January 2012, the legal entity of an applicant for
registration must have the principle purpose of providing education
- The VRQA
Guidelines for VET Providers.
- Requirements under the Australian
Quality Training Framework (AQTF).
The AQTF is a set of standards to assure nationally consistent,
quality training and assessment services within Australia’s VET
Within Western Australia, TAC will only accept applications from
organisations that deliver and assess within Western Australia and
Victoria only, and that have their head office located in Western
Organisations must demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of the
Australian VET system and comply with:
Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Essential Conditions and Standards
for Initial Registration.
- The Vocational
Education and Training Act 1996.
- Other relevant state and
Commonwealth legislation and licensing requirements.
- All policies for RTOs issued by
To maintain national registration, ASQA-regulated RTOs must continue to
comply with the VET
Quality Framework as well
as any further conditions that may have been imposed by ASQA.
To ensure compliance with these obligations, ASQA conducts two types of
Registration audits, conducted on
receipt of an application for initial registration as an RTO, or in
some cases on renewal of registration or when applying to change
scope of registration.
- Compliance audits, conducted
within two years of initial registration or if it has been
determined that there is a risk that the RTO will fail to comply
with relevant standards.
To maintain registration, TAC- and VRQA-regulated RTOs must continue to
comply with relevant standards. Quality audits are conducted:
When initiated by clients: at
initial registration, renewal of registration and when amending
- When initiated by TAC or VRQA:
within 12 months of initial registration, in response to complaints,
to monitor compliance and when strategic industry audits are
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