On 4 December 2019 the Australian Government presented to the parliament a series of legislative reforms that provide the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) with new powers. The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) is seeking feedback from the sector on these changes.
These reforms are set out in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2019 (Cth), hereafter referred to as the NVETR Amendment Bill.
The stated purpose of the legislative amendments is to ensure that ASQA has the necessary powers to “encourage and promote a quality vocational education and training (VET) system that benefits students and industry”. Preliminary advice from members has questioned whether this purpose can be realised as the NVETR Bill has been drafted.
The legislation and background information can be downloaded via the links below:
Australian Parliament House Downloads —
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment failed to consult on the detail of the legislation before it was presented to parliament. In this context, although there are provisions within the proposed amendments that are broadly supported by the ITECA membership, others are problematic. It’s in this context that ITECA seeks the views of the sector.
The ITECA membership has been a strong champion of legislative reforms that protect students, reduce regulatory burden and ensure ASQA operates transparently and with accountability. The comment received via the form below will assist the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Reference Group consider the advice that ITECA gives to parliamentary and department stakeholders.