Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for accredited Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. They ensure that nationally approved standards are met. Visit ASQA website.
Organisations wishing to deliver VET courses must first apply for initial registration with ASQA. Once approved, they are given a registration number and known as registered training organisations (RTOs). RTOs are responsible for delivering VET courses, and are periodically audited by ASQA (or when complaints arise).
ASQA’s vision is that learners, employers and governments have full confidence in the quality of VET outcomes delivered by Australian RTOs. While RTOs develop their own training material, ASQA maintains training.gov.au, where the criteria for training packages are displayed. The website also serves as a registry of RTOs and their scope of training.
Training packages are developed and reviewed by Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) with the support of Skills Service Organisations (SSOs).
RTOs must be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to teach overseas students on student visas in Australia.