National standards

New regulatory standards for training providers and regulators came into effect on the 1 January 2015 which mark an important step towards improving the quality of Australia’s training system.

The Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 require training providers to be more accurate and transparent in the marketing of courses, by setting out the information that must be provided to prospective students. This provides further protection for students wanting to undertake nationally recognised training.

The standards also strengthen industry engagement in the training sector, to ensure that training is more responsive to industry and informed by what employers need.

To further raise the overall quality of training delivered in the VET system, the new RTO standards require trainers and assessors, especially those delivering training and assessment qualifications, to hold stronger qualifications.

Then new Standards for VET Regulators 2015 support the new RTO Standards, and represent a move towards a more responsive approach to regulating training providers, so that VET regulators can play their role in reforming the VET system. These standards enable national and state VET sector regulators to deal more effectively with poor quality training providers and to lessen the regulatory burden on high performing training providers.

Existing training providers will have until 1 April 2015 to comply with the new RTO standards. These transition arrangements do not apply to the Unique Student Identifier (USI) initiative. All training providers are required to be compliant with the USI related provisions in the new standards.

As an integral part of implementing the new standards, the national regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority, has published a Users’ Guide to Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 and will also publish information and guidance on the process of transitioning to the new standards.

View the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham’s media release on the new standards – Crack Down on Rogue Training Brokers.


New standards for registered training organisations

View the new Standards for Registered Training Organisation 2015.

These standards are designed to:

  • set out the requirements that an organisation must meet in order to be an RTO
  • ensure that training products delivered by RTOs meet the requirements of training packages or VET accredited courses, and have integrity for employment and further study
  • ensure RTOs operate ethically with due consideration of learners’ and enterprises’ needs.

New Standards for VET Regulators

View the new Standards for VET Regulators 2015.

These standards are designed to ensure:

  • the integrity of nationally recognised training by regulating RTOs and VET accredited courses using a risk-based approach that is consistent, effective, proportional, responsive and transparent
  • consistency in the VET regulator’s implementation and interpretation of the RTO Standards and Standards for VET Accredited Courses
  • the accountability and transparency of the VET regulator in undertaking its regulatory functions.

Standards for training packages

View the Standards for Training Packages |.

These standards are designed to ensure training packages are of high quality and meet the workforce development needs of industry, enterprises and individuals.

Please visit the training packages page for more information.

Standards for VET Accredited Courses

Standards for VET Accredited Courses apply to all accredited courses regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Accredited courses include both qualifications and courses and must not duplicate the content of training packages. They are developed by both public and private organisations and individuals to meet explicit industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community needs that are not available through a training package.

The standards that applications made to the regulators in the non-referring states of Western Australia and Victoria must adhere to are outlined on the standards for non-referring states – Australian Quality Training Framework page.

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:

Visit the Australian Skills Quality Authority website for more information about the requirements for registration

Standards for non-referring states – Australian Quality Training Framework

Training providers regulated by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority or the Training Accreditation Council Western Australia, or those applying to these two bodies to become a registered training organisation, must meet the requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) 2007.

View the standards for non-referring states – Australian Quality Training Framework page for information on the Australian Quality Training Framework and other related standards and requirements for the non-referring states.

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