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ASQA’s role and functions

ASQA is the national regulator for the VET sector in Australia. ASQA maintains quality in the sector through the regulation of:

  • providers that deliver VET qualifications and courses (i.e. RTOs)
  • providers that deliver VET courses to overseas students
  • accredited VET courses
  • certain providers that deliver English Language Intensive Courses to Overseas Students (ELICOS).

ASQA’s purpose is to provide nationally consistent, risk-based regulation of VET that contributes to an informed, quality VET sector that meets Australia’s needs. To achieve this purpose, ASQA utilises the strategic approach outlined in Figure 1.

Figure 1: ASQA's strategic approach  We support quality and compliance through engagement and support. 4. We engage with stakeholders to inform our understanding of risks. 5. We provide accurate information to support stakeholders’ understanding of VET sector compliance. 6. We provide advice on strategies to improve VET regulation and the VET sector.

ASQA has the following functions under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVR Act):

  • to register an organisation as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • to accredit courses that may be offered and/or provided by RTOs
  • to carry out compliance audit activities of RTOs
  • to promote, and encourage the continuous improvement of, an RTO’s capacity to provide a VET course or part of a VET course
  • to advise and make recommendations to the Minister on matters relating to VET
  • to advise and make recommendations to the Minister responsible for training for a state or territory on specific matters relating to VET in the state or territory
  • to advise and make recommendations to the Ministerial Council on general matters relating to VET in all jurisdictions
  • to collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information about VET
  • to publish performance information, of a kind prescribed by the National Vocational Education and Training Regulations 2011, relating to RTOs
  • to conduct training programs relating to the regulation of RTOs and/or the accreditation of courses
  • to enter into arrangements with occupational licensing bodies, other industry bodies, or both, for the purpose of ensuring compliance by RTOs with the NVR Act
  • to cooperate with a regulatory authority of another country that has responsibility relating to the quality or regulation of VET for all, or part, of the country
  • to develop relationships with its counterparts in other countries
  • to develop key performance indicators, to be agreed by the Minister, against which the regulator’s performance can be assessed each financial year
  • to develop service standards that the regulator must meet in performing its functions
  • any other function relating to VET that is set out in a legislative instrument made by the Minister
  • such other functions as are conferred on ASQA by or under:
    • the NVR Act, or
    • the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) or any other law of the Commonwealth.