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As the national regulator of the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) aims for students, employers and governments to have full confidence in the quality of education and training provided by registered training organisations (RTOs) and providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
ASQA identifies, analyses and evaluates key risks to assure quality in accordance with the VET Quality Framework, the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (the National Code) and the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act)
ASQA is empowered by the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 and the ESOS Act to use a range of regulatory tools—including conducting audits—to gather data about the operations of applicant organisations and registered training organisations.
RTOs that consistently meet the standards for registration can expect a lower level of regulatory intervention, while higher risk RTOs can expect increased scrutiny from ASQA.
ASQA undertakes two distinct types of audits: registration audits and compliance audits.
ASQA may conduct a registration audit to assess whether an RTO is compliant with the relevant standards if they apply for:
A compliance audit is conducted proactively by ASQA to assess an RTO’s ongoing compliance with the standards required for registration. Compliance audits are scheduled at ASQA’s discretion with the authority of a Commissioner or nominated delegate.
If you would like more information about ASQA Audits on RTO’s see the ASQA website by selecting this link ASQA Audits