The regulatory focus of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is dynamic and changes to address emerging trends in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. Independent providers will have the opportunity to meet with the ASQA Chief Commissioner, Mr Mark Paterson AO, to understand what the regulator’s current focus is and what this means for the VET sector.
Key Issues —
ASQA recognises the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) as the peak body representing non-government VET sector providers. This ensures that ITECA is able to engage in constructive dialogue with the regulator in order to build a shared understanding of issues before the ITECA membership on matters that may affect the ability of providers to deliver the quality outcomes that students and their employers are looking for.
Recognising the benefits that can be achieved when ASQA and the ITECA membership work as one to support the sector, over the past year greater emphasis has been placed on early identification of the issues before independent VET sector providers. One way this is achieved is by using the quarterly series of ITECA State Networking Functions as a platform for the independent tertiary education sector and ASQA’s leadership to meet.
ITECA is pleased to announce that independent VET sector providers have the opportunity to meet with the ASQA Chief Commissioner at the following events:
ITECA Queensland Networking Function
10 September 2019 – 4:00 PM AEST
ITECA South Australian Networking Function
17 September 2019 – 4:00 PM ACST
Attendance at these events allows you to canvass several key issues, including the new ASQA guidance on third-party arrangements for delivery of training and assessment that came into effect on 1 September 2019 for new third-party arrangements and 1 November 2019 for existing arrangements.
Also canvassed will be the 2019-21 ASQA Regulatory Strategy that sets out ASQA’s evidence-based approach to addressing both current and emerging systemic risks to the VET sector. Over the coming two years ASQA will be continuing its close scrutiny of trainer and assessor capability and of international education. The strategy also includes a new target area, VET in Schools.
Beyond the opportunity to meet with the ASQA Chief Commissioner, this event is the premier regular networking event for independent tertiary education providers in each state, so be sure to take the time to catch-up with colleagues old and new.
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.
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