ASQA Review Targets New Direction

Date —

31 Oct 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

Following sustained advocacy by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the Australian Government has agreed to a review of the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s (ASQA) governance, policies and culture.

Key Issues —

The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash announced that the Australian Government will have a review of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

ITECA has been working with the Australian Government to improve the way ASQA supports not only ITECA members, but the broader vocational education and training sector. With support of its members, ITECA has motivated the government to address what has been a concern in the industry and to independent education providers for some time.

What You Need To Know –

Over the next twelve to eighteen months, the review will look at how to best:

  • Expand ASQA’s educative role to ensure training providers are aware of, and supported to, understand regulatory requirements;
  • Improve ASQA’s regulatory approach to support quality delivery of training; and
  • Ensure audit decisions are transparent and training providers have the right information and support to deliver training best practice.

ITECA has argued for a review with key Ministerial and Departmental stakeholders and the issue was a key discussion point during the 2019 ITECA Parliamentary Roundtable in Canberra, with the need for a review being raised continuously in ITECA’s discussions with the Minister.

The work of ASQA is important to the independent tertiary education sector that supports more than 70% of the 4.1 million students undertaking a vocational education and training program.

Member Engagement:


ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals belonging to the ITECA Vocational Education Sector Interest Group.

Further Information:

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