With recent headlines of college licences being revoked and ASQA setting up a new Auditing team, increased scrutiny of Training and Education providers will likely be the norm.
ASQA’S NEW AUDIT PANEL
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) recently published a statement advising of its intention to establish a new panel being the Audit, Accredited Course Evaluation, Investigation and Related Services Panel (Audit Panel).
This new Audit Panel is expected to begin operation 1 July 2016. The Audit Panel will have the power to audit and review VET and ESOS service providers and the ability to carry out investigative operations.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROVIDERS?
Well to put it simply, there will be a significant increase in the number of audits being carried out. The flow on effect could mean:
(1) an increase in breach notices being issued;
(2) conditions being imposed on licences; and/or
(3) the closure of training and education providers.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Now is a great time to have a look at the way that your organisation operates and re-acquaint yourselves with the legislative requirements. For example, you may wish to consider whether your organisation is compliant with:
(1) the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, including the Fit and Proper Person Requirements;
(2) the Australian Qualifications Framework or the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Framework;
(3) the Viability Risk Assessment Requirements; and
(4) the Data Provision Requirements.
NOT SURE WHERE TO START?
There are a number of useful guides online, including on the AQSA website. Also we will be providing further information in the coming weeks and months.
If you don’t have the time or the resources, or you would prefer assistance from an independent party – then get in touch. Birchgrove Legal has developed an expertise in servicing the education industry. Part of our focus has been in assisting clients in the education industry with taking preventative measures, improving compliance with the legislative framework, and liaising with Government departments to identify and resolve concerns.
We can carry out a review and recommend improvements to your organisation’s:
(1) policies and procedures;
(2) compliance with the legislation; and
(3) corporate governance structure and arrangements.
If ASQA has already commenced an audit, we can assist and represent you throughout the process.
WANT TO GET IN TOUCH?
Give us a call on 1300 857 527, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org