Current legislative reforms to the way the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) operates don’t go far enough. Further, the advice from members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) is that the review into ASAQ’s culture, performance and governance should drive further legislative reform.
Key Issues —
The parliament is currently considering the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2019 (Cth) that, according to ITECA’s members, is a piece of legislation that won’t deliver the outcomes that independent providers are looking for.
The concerns will be addressed at the 2020 Vocational Education and Training Business Summit to be held in Sydney on 7 February 2020. At the summit the ITECA Chief Executive, Troy Williams, will highlight that ITECA members are looking to work with a regulator that’s firmly focussed on protecting students without creating an overly burdensome compliance burden. This draws upon the experience of ITECA members that ASQA has demonstrated its capacity to be quite inventive at creating red tape that frustrates good providers that have a track-record of offering students and their employers the quality outcomes they are looking for.
The ITECA Vocational Education and Training Reference Group has developed, with input from the broader membership, has developed an advocacy position that what’s required is a regulatory reform package that addresses the legitimate concerns of independent training providers and properly focuses ASQA’s activities.
ITECA has advised the Australian Government that reform ASQA’s regulatory framework is long overdue. ITECA members have made it clear that the sector needs a regulator that works collaboratively with the independent registered training organisations to support students.
The Australian Government’s review of ASQA’s performance to support the fair, transparent and effective regulation of the VET sector, and quality student outcomes has been welcomed by ITECA.
Over the course of more than a year, ITECA has worked with its members and identified a major trust deficit when it comes to the regulator. It’s clear that right now, many ITECA members lack the confidence that compliance activities will be undertaken in a transparent or consistent manner by ASQA.
Independent providers support more than 70% of the 4.1 million students enrolled in VET programs across Australia.
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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