ASQA Steps Up & Supports Providers

Date —

25 Mar 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training, Higher Education

Summary —

Independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) have greater flexibility to change where they delivery training, alter delivery modes or methods and even suspend training thanks to the strong advocacy undertaken by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) on behalf of its members.

Key Issues —

As the fallout from measures to contain the Covid-19 virus outbreak roll out, it’s clear that they will adversely impact the ability of independent RTOs to keep their doors open in order to support students.  It’s been in this context that ITECA has been in constant contact with ASQA in order to secure much-needed concessions to support the sector.

Following ITECA’s calls, ASQA has recognised that providers may need to implement temporary measures as they adapt and respond to the challenges caused by the response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak.  In response to ITECA’s advocacy on behalf of its members, ASQA has provided an assurance that it is committed to providing a flexible regulatory approach to support providers to maintain quality.

ASQA has advised that if independent RTOs need to implement temporary measures, there is the flexibility to do so.  These measures could include:

             - Changes to where you deliver training;
             - Temporarily cessation of, or part of, your training operations;
             - Adjustments to delivery modes or methods.

To help make it easy to meet your reporting obligations in relation to temporary changes, ASQA has released an online submission form.

              ASQA Online Reporting —
              Reporting temporary closure or suspension of operations [EXT LINK]

ITECA, following extensive engagement with its membership, has provided government with an extensive reform package to support the sector.  Discussions continue apace with Ministers, senior departmental staff and agency heads in order to ensure that ITECA’s recommendations are implemented, providing much needed support to the independent vocational education and training sector.

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

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