New Standards clauses come into effect from 1 January 2016

Additional clauses in the Standards for RTOs 2015 (the Standards) come into effect for all RTOs from 1 January 2016. These clauses relate to the competency requirements for trainers and assessors and RTOs applying for—or delivering qualifications or the assessor skill set from—the Training and Education Training Package.

Trainers and assessors (Clause 1.14, 1.15 and 1.18 of the Standards)

From 1 January 2016, all trainers and assessors must hold one or more of:

  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (or its successor
  • A Diploma or higher level qualification in adult education.

 From 1 January 2016, anyone who provides assessment only (i.e. does not deliver training) must hold one or more of:

  • TAESS00001 Assessor Skill Set (or its successor)
  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (or its successor)
  • A Diploma or higher level qualification in adult education. 

Statement re: Australian Institute of Professional Education

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has cancelled the registration of Australian Institute of Professional Education Pty Ltd (RTO number 91437) as a provider of vocational education and training (VET) services.

Australian Institute of Professional Education Pty Ltd trades as Australian Institute of Professional Education, AIPE, StudyOnline and Study Connect.

ASQA, the national regulator for vocational education and training, has taken this decision following comprehensive regulatory scrutiny of the training provider over a number of months. The scrutiny of the provider was part of ASQA’s targeted audits of 21 training providers approved by the Department of Education and Training to participate in the Commonwealth’s VET FEE-HELP scheme. ASQA contends that the provider has not operated consistently with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework, which all registered training organisations are required to satisfy as a condition of registration

ASQA issued the training provider with a notice of intention to cancel its registration on 4 November 2015. ASQA Commissioners considered the evidence received from the provider in response to its notice and, on 17 December 2015, cancelled the provider’s registration under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 and its registration for VET courses under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000.

This is the third registration cancellation decision taken by ASQA as a result of its strengthened focus on VET FEE-HELP approved providers. The other providers have been Phoenix Institute of Australia and Unique International College. More information about the targeted audits is available on the ASQA website.

First ‘annual declaration of compliance’ due in March 2016

The Standards for RTOs 2015 require each RTO to provide ASQA with an annual declaration on compliance with the Standards. When you submit this declaration, you are confirming to ASQA that you:

  • systematically monitor your RTO’s compliance, and
  • implement preventive and corrective improvements where considered necessary.

The first submission of the annual declaration will be required by 31 March 2016.

In 2016, RTOs will be required to complete a declaration form and submit this form by email to a dedicated mailbox. ASQA will shortly publish the form on its website and notify RTOs by email. In future years, RTOs will be able to submit their declaration through ASQAnet.

The form will require the CEO of each RTO to declare:

  1. Whether the RTO currently complies with each national standard and if not, what actions are being taken to remedy non-compliance.
  2. Whether the RTO complied with each national standard for all AQF certification it issued since 1 April 2015.
  3. Whether the RTO has training and assessment strategies and practices in place to ensure all learners will receive training and assessment in accordance with the requirements of the Standards.
  4. The names and roles of all persons who exercise a significant degree of control or influence over the management or direction of the RTO.
  5. That the RTO (considering all significant owners and managerial agents) meets the Fit and Proper Person Requirements of the Standards.