Review of standards for the regulation of VET

The NSSC is undertaking a broad ranging review of the standards for the regulation of vocational education and training (VET), focussing on issues of quality. 

Review update #8 - December 2013 

The NSSC has provided draft standards for Licensed Training Organisations and Australian Vocational Qualification System Regulators to the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry and Chair of the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. The standards were drafted in line with the NSSC Standards Policy Framework, released in June 2013.

As requested by SCOTESE in June 2013, the following supplementary material has also been provided: a COAG decision Regulation Impact Statement, incorporating the cost benefit analysis and analysis of responses to the NSSC Position Paper; a draft Implementation Plan; and a draft Evaluation Strategy.

Review update #7 – July 2013

At its meeting on 7 June 2013, the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) requested that the NSSC develop draft standards for the regulation of VET to be presented to SCOTESE for decision later in 2013, supported by a COAG decision Regulation Impact Statement (dRIS).

Ministers acknowledge that the preparation of a COAG dRIS is a key step of the review, which is being progressed by Deloitte Access Economics on behalf of the NSSC. Key stakeholders have also acknowledged throughout the consultations undertaken to date the importance of a dRIS to further consider and test the impact of any regulatory change for RTOs.

In undertaking this work, Deloitte Access Economics are working closely with the Office of Best Practice Regulation to ensure future consideration of amendments to the standards are informed by a rigorous analysis of the short and long term impact of the regulatory change for RTOs, learners, employers and the Australian community more generally.

Deloitte Access Economics have commenced a survey of approximately 1,900 RTOs. This survey has been designed to build a baseline picture of the current operations of RTOs, upon which the changes associated with the NSSC Standards Policy Framework can be measured.

It is important to note that the survey results form only one part of the overall evidence base used by Deloitte Access Economics. The cost benefit analysis will also draw on publicly available information and literature as well as on consultations with a small number of providers, regulators and other key stakeholders to interrogate the survey results, test the assumptions used in the modelling and to fill any data gaps.

The NSSC strongly encourages providers approached by Deloitte Access Economics to complete the survey. Further updates on the review and the outcomes of the survey will be provided in due course.

Review Update #6 – June 2013

The NSSC has released a standards policy framework, Improving Vocational Education and Training: the Australian Vocational Qualification System. The Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) has endorsed the Framework as the basis for drafting standards for the regulation of VET.

The Framework proposes to consolidate the elements of vocational education and training into a stable and assured Australian Vocational Qualifications System (AVQS); one committed to ensuring the integrity of vocational qualifications. The AVQS will provide a stronger, clearer single set of standards that can be applied nationally, increasing the focus on the core business of a provider, quality teaching and assessment, and enabling a system-wide shift towards a more responsive regulatory model that reduces the regulatory burden for providers that have consistently demonstrated quality training and assessment.

The Framework will provide the basis upon which draft regulatory standards are developed. The NSSC will be assisted in the drafting of the regulatory standards by a working group of representatives from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments. The working group will be informed by expert advice on specific legislative and regulatory issues, and the outcomes of ongoing consultation with key stakeholders.

The NSSC will present the following to SCOTESE for decision later in 2013: draft regulatory standards; a cost benefit analysis of the draft standards in the form of a COAG decision Regulation Impact Statement; an implementation plan; and an evaluation strategy.

Previous Review Updates

Background

The Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) has asked that the NSSC, as a priority, undertake a broad ranging review of the standards for the regulation of VET, focussing on issues of quality.

The NSSC acknowledges that there is much current debate regarding the standards for the regulation of VET, with a number of stakeholders raising issues with, and highlighting the need to strengthen, the existing standards and regulatory approach, citing key possible risks of market and regulatory failure.

Project outcome

The anticipated outcome of the project will be one national set of standards for the regulation of VET appropriate for ensuring quality outcomes, which are clearly documented, capable of being consistently interpreted by RTOs and regulators, and effectively implemented through nationally consistent regulation. It is intended that the new standards are considered by the Council of Australian Governments’ Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment in mid-late 2013.

Scope

The Standards being reviewed encompass:

The review of the standards will consider not just the content of the standards but also how they are applied, implemented and interpreted in practice – the regulatory approach.

Not in scope of the review:

Further information

This website is the primary mechanism for information regarding the review. Interested stakeholders should check this website for any updates.

For enquiries regarding the review, please email nssc_standards_review@natese.gov.au

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