ASQA Chief Commissioner Steps Down

Date —

27 Sep 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

As the Australian Government sets about reforming the way the Australian Skills Quality Authority (AQSA) interacts with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), its Chief Commissioner, Mark Patterson AO, has decided the proposed shift in direction for ASQA provides an appropriate time for him to step down.

Key Issues for providers —

The Australian Government today announced reforms to the agency responsible for regulating the vocational education and training sector, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the reforms respond to key recommendations of the Braithwaite and Joyce Reviews, including supporting ASQA to expand its scope to adopt a more educative approach to lift quality in the delivery of vocational education and training (VET). 

The Minister said improving the quality of VET is a priority of the Australian Government, and this includes ensuring the sector’s regulatory environment is reasonable, transparent and effective.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon. Steve Irons MP, said the Government has set a strong direction for the future of VET.  His view was that with appropriate regulatory reforms, the nation can have a vocational education sector that provides workforce skills and relevant up-to-date qualifications that are well-matched to the evolving opportunities of Australia’s modern economy.

As the national regulator for Australia’s VET sector, ASQA regulates training providers to ensure they meet nationally approved quality standards.

The Australian Government’s priority is to to ensure that training organisations are well placed to understand their requirements and that the regulator has the right tools and information to regulate them effectively.

It’s been announced that as part of these changes the Chief Commissioner of ASQA, Mr Paterson, has decided the proposed shift in direction for ASQA provides an appropriate time for him to step down and pass responsibility for managing the next phase of ASQA’s evolution to others.

ASQA Commissioner Saxon Rice will act in the role of Chief Commissioner as of 7 October 2019.

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.


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