Standards for RTOs

Total VET Activity Reporting – Amended Standards for RTOs

Following on from its November 2012 decision to mandate reporting of VET activity for all RTOs, the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE), on 7 June 2013, endorsed the standards and policy to underpin the implementation of the new reporting requirements from 1 January 2014.

The standards for RTOs (both the Data Provision Requirements as part of the NVR VET Quality Framework, and the Australian Quality Training Framework) have been amended to reflect SCOTESE’s decision to introduce enhanced reporting requirements for RTOs. The amended standards and underpinning policy are now available, with all RTOs required to comply with the new standards from 1 January 2014.

The National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy outlines the requirements on all RTOs in collecting and reporting their nationally recognised training to the National VET Provider Collection managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The Policy makes allowance for full and partial exemptions from reporting training activity in some circumstances.

Go to www.industry.gov.au/VETreporting for:
  • information on transitional and exemption arrangements, and financial transition assistance;
  • where to go for technical advice on submitting data;
  • enquiries; and
  • frequently asked questions.

Changes to Standards for RTOs

Section 4 of the Data Provision Requirements and Condition 6 of the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration will require, from 1 January 2014, that the RTO:
  • obtain full AVETMISS data according to the requirements, and subject to any applicable exemption, provided under the National VET Provider collection Data Requirements Policy;
  • submit data compliant with AVETMISS according to the requirements, and subject to any applicable exemption, provided under the National VET Provider collection Data Requirements Policy; and
  • comply with any other data provision requirements set out in the National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy.
Condition 6 of the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Initial Registration will require, from 1 January 2014, that the applicant demonstrate the capacity to obtain and submit AVETMISS compliant data according to the requirements set out in the National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy.

All RTOs, and applicants who wish to become an RTO, are required to meet the same set of national standards for regulation. Depending on their regulator, these standards will either be the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Initial / Continuing Registration or the VET Quality Framework. Whilst they are structured differently, there is no substantial difference in effect or intent between the AQTF and the VET Quality Framework.

AQTF

Initial registration

Organisations wishing to become a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that deliver vocational education and training solely in Victoria and/or Western Australia and do not intend to apply to be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) must comply with the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Initial Registration.

Continuing registration

RTOs wishing to maintain their status to continue delivering vocational education and training in solely in Victoria and/or Western Australia and are not registered on CRICOS are required to comply with the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration.

VET Quality Framework

The VET Quality Framework is a set of standards and conditions that the Australian Skills Quality Authority uses to assess whether an RTO meets the requirements for registration.

The VET Quality Framework comprises:

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