In Australia, we can say that we offer nationally recognised training. We can do this because, as you have just learnt, we have a national quality framework that registers and monitors the performance of RTOs and enforces the standards of the VET sector, thus allowing us to achieve consistency of training outcomes across the nation.
At the time of writing, the national standards were in the process of being reviewed. Generally, however, in order to function in the VET industry, an RTO must meet certain requirements of the VET Quality Framework, which consists of the following elements:
- Compliance with national standards for RTOs. The standards ensure a high quality of training and assessment in a nationally consistent manner. They are currently embodied by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. It will be an important part of your role to understand these standards and to employ a range of methods to comply with them. You can follow updates on the review process at: https://www.skillsreform.gov.au.
- Fit and proper person requirements. The RTO must show that the person/s with overall responsibility for the organisation has been determined to be honest, with integrity and a good reputation.
- Financial stability requirements. An RTO must demonstrate that it is operating a business that is likely to last, is on a sound financial footing and is achieving quality education outcomes.
- Data provision requirements. This includes the requirement that RTOs provide full and accurate information about their activities and statistical data.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) requirements. The AQF regulates qualifications in the Australian education and training system.
An RTO must also understand how information on VET policies may impact on the roles and responsibilities of facilitators and assessors. We will look at many of these components in greater detail as we move through the chapter and, indeed, the book as a whole.
Refer to pages 8-11 of your textbook for more detail.