Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

At the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) meeting on 6 June 2010, Ministers agreed in-principle to a draft Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for Regulatory Reform in VET and drafting instructions for legislation to support National VET Regulation, with Victoria’s and Western Australia’s agreement subject to further work on the interactions between the national regulator and those two states.

On 6 July 2010, the Hon Simon Crean MP, Minister for Education, announced the appointment of an interim Chair, Ms Kaye Schofield, and an interim Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Smyth, to help set up the national VET regulator and ensure it is ready to begin regulatory action from the day of its commencement.

Legislation to establish the national VET regulator was introduced into the Senate on 26 November 2010 and the new body called the link[|Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will commence operations on 1 July 2011.

The National Vocation and Training Regulator Bill 2010 [2011] establishes the National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Regulator as a independent statutory body to regulate the VET sector and provides for:

  • registration of training providers as registered training providers (RTOs);
  • accreditation of courses;
  • powers to issue and cancel qualifications;
  • investigative powers; enforcement;
  • Commonwealth-State arrangements;
  • terms and conditions of employment, functions and powers of the Regulator and two commissioners; staff and consultants; offences and civil penalties;
  • reporting requirements;
  • strategic and annual reporting plans; and
  • the establishment of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) to provide for national standards for RTOs by legislative instrument.

Australian Parliament Senate Inquiry

February 2011

On 10 February 2011, the Senate jointly referred the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011 and the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2010 [2011] and the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Bill 2010 [2011] for inquiry and report. The reporting date is 21 March 2011. More >>

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