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VET Quality Framework

  • The VET Quality Framework is aimed at achieving greater national consistency in the way RTOs are registered and monitored and in how standards in the VET sector are enforced.
    • Australian Qualifications Framework
      The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system as agreed by the Commonwealth, state and territory ministers. It underpins the national system of qualifications in Australia encompassing higher education, vocational education and training (VET) and schools.
      The AQF is currently undergoing a review. More information can be found in VOCEDplus within the Australian Qualifications Framework collection.
    • Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015
      • The role of the Standards is to ensure quality and consistency with the vocational training and education system. They form part of the VET Quality Framework and should be read in conjunction with:
        • Standards for Training Packages
        • Standards for VET Accredited Courses
        • Standards for VET Regulators
      • 'The purpose of these Standards is to:
        • set out the requirements that an organisation must meet in order to be an RTO;
        • ensure that training products delivered by RTOs meet the requirements of training packages or VET accredited courses, and have integrity for employment and further study; and
        • ensure RTOs operate ethically with due consideration of learners' and enterprises' needs.' (Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, p. 5)

    Standards for Training Packages

    • Training packages define the competencies required by different occupations and industries and describe how these competencies may be packaged into nationally recognised and portable qualifications that comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework. They are a key component of delivering structured, accredited training.
    • 'Standards for Training Packages ensure training packages are of high quality and meet the workforce development needs of industry, enterprises and individuals. The Standards apply to the design and development of training packages for endorsement consideration by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.'  (Department of Education and Training)

    Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012

    • 'Accredited courses address skill requirements for industry, enterprises and the community where these are not covered in nationally endorsed Training Packages.'
    • 'The Standards for VET Accredited Courses apply to the course design for VET accredited courses.' 'Accreditation means the course is nationally recognised and that an RTO can issue a nationally recognised VET qualification or VET statement of attainment following its full or partial completion.' (Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012, p. 7)

    Standards for VET Regulators

    • 'The purpose of these Standards is to ensure:
      • the integrity of nationally recognised training by regulating RTOs and VET accredited courses using a risk-based approach that is consistent, effective, proportional, responsive and transparent;
      • consistency in the VET Regulator’s implementation and interpretation of the RTO Standards and Standards for VET Accredited Courses; and
      • the accountability and transparency of the VET Regulator in undertaking its regulatory functions.' (Standards for VET Regulators, p. 5)

    National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018

    • 'Under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) the purpose of the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (the National Code 2018) is to set nationally consistent standards and procedures for registered providers and for persons who deliver education services on behalf of registered providers'.
    • 'The National Code supports the effective administration of the ESOS legislative framework by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments' (National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018, p. 4).

    RTO guides

    Free resources

    VET regulator guides

    • Training Accreditation Council
      The Training Accreditation Council (TAC) is Western Australia's registering and course accrediting body. It is responsible for the quality assurance and recognition of vocational education and training (VET) services in Western Australia.
      Useful guidelines:

    Other resources

    • Community Colleges Australia resources to support community education providers during the Coronavirus pandemic
    • Copyright and IP
      (Source: Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development)
      The Department provides support and advice on intellectual property and copyright for TAFE colleges and registered training organisations that deliver publicly funded training. It also offers workshops and training on how to manage IP issues and risks when using and creating training resources, recommended for lecturers, content writers or anyone dealing with IP.
    • Making sense of total VET activity: an initial market analysis [2016]
      (Source: NCVER)
      The National VET Provider Collection has expanded to include data that covers all Australian vocational education and training providers. The broader scope provides a more comprehensive picture of nationally accredited training across the VET sector. This paper explains the rationale for establishing a more comprehensive picture of Australia's VET system; it examines the outcomes of the first collection of total VET activity, analysing the completeness of 2014 training activity and highlighting the new information this broader collection brings. The paper goes on to explore whether there are any significant differences between the reported training activity of private and government-funded training  providers. It looks at whether government-funded providers (TAFEs) are delivering a different mix of courses compared with private providers, student enrolments, and how completions compare. It concludes with some future directions for an improved evidence base for VET policy.
    • NCVER survey - Employers' use and views of the VET system
      This survey collects information about employers' engagement and satisfaction with the VET system and the various ways employers use the VET system to meet their skill needs.
    • NCVER RTO Hub
      Reporting tools, resources and support for registered training organisations.
    • Online learning good practice
      (Source: Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency)
      This resource has been collated by TEQSA to assist the sector's rapid transition to online learning during COVID-19. To date, the resources listed cover a range of topics related to online learning, from getting started and helping workforces to work online, to student experiences and assessment integrity.
    • Regulating and quality assuring VET: international developments [2015]
      (Source: NCVER)
      To reduce regulatory burden and build trust in the VET system, accreditation and registration systems are increasingly utilising principles of responsive regulation and risk analysis to help increase compliance. Approaches to the regulation of VET in selected overseas countries are investigated, and detailed systems of accreditation and registration used for approving providers to deliver training and issue nationally recognised qualifications have been identified.
    • VET provider market structures: history, growth and change [2016]
      (Source: NCVER)
      This report considers the past and present structure of the Australian vocational education and training (VET) market. Increasing competition in the VET sector over the last two decades means it is timely to understand how the market structure has changed.

    For purchase

    These are examples only of commercial producers of resources. Inclusion on this list does not signify endorsement by NCVER.

    • E-Skills Australia 
      • RTO Policies and Procedures
        These documents meet the requirements of Standards for RTOs 2015 and the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018. The complete set provides a comprehensive management and compliance system that can be deployed straight away to get your RTO up and running. Based on quality principles (ISO9001: 2015), quality and compliance are embedded in each and every operation and process.
      • Application Guides: RTO and CRICOS registrations
        These guides provide a resource for both initial registrations as well as maintaining on-going compliance at the RTO.
    • Specialised RTO services
      This is a directory listing site where providers of products and services for RTOs can list their materials, resources and advice. RTOs can search for products and services to support their work.
    • Training Tools
      • Big Book of kNOw
        This resource is designed to support effective validation practices. It covers aspects of 'NO' when it comes to mapping and validation of mapping practices, and includes points to 'KNOW' for best-practice results.
      • Info Sheet: Developing a Customised TAS
        This information sheet provides a step by step approach to developing a customised Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS), including calculating the amount of training (versus the volume of learning).
      • Template: Record of QA Check on Assessment and Learning Materials
        This template is designed to guide the internal review of your training and assessment materials, and it provides an easy framework to record improvement issues and outcomes. It also contains a glossary of terms to make it easy to understand the various requirements of assessment tools and components of the checklist.
    • Velg Training 
      • Webinars
        • Focus Week: Checking Documentation for Compliance
          Recorded on 27/06/2018 and forming part of Velg Training's Focus Week on RTO Compliance, this webinar brings you up for air by clarifying actual evidence required by the RTO and streamlining documented processes that effectively cover compliance requirements whilst efficiently driving quality across your RTO. Does your documentation serve a 'What now?' approach rather than a 'How to' solution?
        • Internal Auditing: Tips and techniques and examples of schedules
          Recorded on 28/06/2018 and forming part of Velg Training's Focus Week on RTO Compliance, this webinar explored Internal auditing - an important strategy that RTOs use to mitigate risk. Hear tips and techniques that could be used to support self-assessment against the relevant VET Quality standards and a schedule of activities to get you started.
        • The Impact of Non-Compliant Practice
          Recorded on 17/04/2019, this webinar explored what the impacts of non-compliance are to your RTO’s business operations, staff and most importantly, your students.
      • Resources
        • Velg Training Internal Audit Self-Assessment Report template
          Continuous improvement is an underlying principle of the VET Quality Framework (VQF) - this resource is designed to assist with undertaking an effective and systemic review process against the Standards for RTOs 2015 in a linear approach from SRTO1 through to STRO8.
        • Velg Training National Code 2018 at a Glance
          The  National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students  2018 is cited as the National Code 2018.  This 'at a glance' product is an easy reference PDF that outlines the credential requirements for CRICOS providers.
        • Velg Training Self-Assessment Report - Student-Centred Approach template
          Continuous improvement is an underlying principle of the VET Quality Framework (VQF) - this resource is designed to assist with undertaking an effective and systemic review process against the Standards for RTOs 2015 utilising the Student-Centred Approach.
        • Velg Training Standards at a Glance Card
          An overview at a glance of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015
    • vetr 
      • Full vetr Resources Pack
        The Full vetr Resource Pack provides all of vetr's currently published resources, templates and documents for VET Providers in a single package.
      • Internal Review Support Pack
        The Internal Review Support Pack provides all of vetr's popular VET Provider internal review resources and templates in a single package.
      • Management Registers Support Pack
        The Management Registers Support Pack has been designed to assist VET Providers in effectively tracking and managing key operational areas for regulatory compliance requirements.
      • Marketing Support Pack
        The Marketing Support Pack has been designed to assist VET Providers in identifying all contractual requirements and implement robust arrangements in marketing operations.
      • Policy Positions Support Pack
        The Policy Positions Support Pack provides an extensive VET Provider policy framework in a single manual format.

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