ASQA Gets Whacked In Parliament

Date —

01 Aug 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The regulator for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), has been criticised by Andrew Laming MP for its approach to regulatory compliance that appears to be less focussed on protecting students and more on being critical of minor compliance issues.

Key Issues —

In parliament on 31 July 2019, Mr Andrew Laming MP, made a speech that canvassed the experience of many providers in dealing with ASQA. It highlighted how award-winning RTOs are being accused of failing to meet regulatory standards for minor technical breaches of the legislation or on matters that have no bearing on student quality such as the colour of a logo on a website.

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has been in regular contact with Mr Laming in the past weeks. Indeed, the ITECA Chair and ITECA Chief Executive meet with Mr Laming in his parliamentary office in the days before the speech.

ITECA encourages all with an interest in the challenges facing quality RTO’s to listen to the speech. It was made in parliament on 31 July 2019 and can be found online at:

The experience of many ITECA members can be found in Mr Laming’s comments. He’s drawn attention to how ASQA’s approach keeps good people running quality RTOs up at night.

Mr Laming’s speech highlighted how many quality RTO’s face the wrath of ASQA for compliance issues that have little to no outcome on the provision of quality providing of training to students.

First elected to the seat of Bowman in 2004, Mr Laming is the current Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training. Those interested in meeting Mr Laming should attend the ITEC19 Conference over 21-23 August 2019 on the Gold Coast as Mr Laming will be coming to listen to the views of ITECA members. For more information on the conference visit:

The work of ASQA was considered in the report Strengthening Skills: Expert Review of Australia's Vocational Education and Training System authored by Mr Stephen Joyce and commissioned by the Australian Government. ITECA believes this report sets a roadmap for reform that will help quality RTOs.

ITECA has listened to its members and formed the view that the VET sector is supportive of the board direction set out in the Joyce report. ITECA has been engaged at a Ministerial and departmental level to assist the government develop an appropriate response.

Member Engagement:

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education Reference Committee.

Further Information:

For more information on this issue please send an email to or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at

Disclaimer & Copyright:

The material published on this website page is intended for general information only and is not legal advice or other professional advice.  It may not be reproduced without ITECA’s prior written consent.

Other News


ITECA Committees - Make A Difference

The opportunity for you to help shape the future of Australia’s independent tertiary education sector exists through participation in an ITECA National Reference Group. More


TEQSA Chief Executive Moves On

The regulator for the higher education sector will be looking for a new Chief Executive with the departure of Anthony McClaran. More


ASQA Reform Bill Under Scrutiny

Reforms before the Australian Parliament that seek to improve the work of the Australian Skills Quality Agency (ASQA) are being considered by the ITECA membership. More