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Vocational Education and Training (VET) Legislation

ASQA was established on 1 July 2011 through the enactment of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. Between 1 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 ASQA became the regulatory body for the vocational education and training (VET) sector throughout all of Australia. About ASQA provides further information.

Legislative framework

ASQA's regulation of Australia's vocational education and training sector is supported by a framework of legislation and standards.

This framework includes the establishing legislation above, as well as the VET Quality Framework, the Standards for Accredited Courses, and legislation relating to the provision of courses to overseas students.

The VET Quality Framework comprises:

  • Standards for RTOs 2015 —Latest version —standards to ensure nationally consistent, high-quality training and assessment across Australia's VET system
  • Fit and Proper Person Requirements—which determine requirements for people with some control or influence over the operation of a registered training organisation. For the purpose of subsection 186(2) of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011, the Fit and Proper Person Requirements are at schedule 3
  • Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements 2011—which relate to the requirement for registered training organisations' and applicant training organisations' ability to meet financial viability requirements
  • Data Provision Requirements 2012—which sets out the requirement for providers to supply ASQA with data upon request, and to submit quality indicator data annually
  • Australian Qualifications Framework—which is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training.

Financial & business industry legislation

General legislation