RTOs Hit Hard By Covid-19 Crisis

Date —

20 May 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The results from the most recent survey of enrolments within Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) show that around one-in-three independent providers have experienced a fall of student enrolments of greater than seventy percent for face-to-face / direct delivery.  

Key Issues —

As the Covid-19 crisis continues to unfold, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) is being called upon by the Australian Government, and its state / territory counterparts, to provide an assessment on the performance of the independent RTOs.  That’s what makes the most recent results from the fortnightly ITECA RTO Enrolment Assessment Fortnightly Survey so significant.

The advice that ITECA gives to government is drawn directly from the experience of ITECA members and the ITECA RTO Enrolment Assessment Fortnightly Survey is a key input into the discussions that are being held with government.

The most recent survey provides some unique insights into the current conditions experienced by independent RTOs.  Key survey outcomes include:

RTO Enrolment Assessment Outcomes  —

  • Overall Increase:  Compared to twelve months ago, 13.5% of independent RTOs have experienced an overall increase in enrolments for on-campus / direct delivery.
  • Overall Decrease:  Compared to twelve months ago, 71.7% of providers of independent RTOs have experienced an overall decrease in enrolments for on-campus / direct delivery.
  • At Risk Providers:  Compared to twelve months ago, 24.9% of providers of independent RTOs have experienced a decrease in enrolments for on-campus / direct delivery of greater than 70%.

The information from independent RTOs also highlights a significant shift to online learning, with 33.0% of independent RTOs reporting an overall increase in online enrolments compared to twelve months ago.  The aggregated data for a national level can be downloaded at:

ITECA Research Report ꟷ

The input from survey respondents has driven ITECA’s advocacy strategy with the Australian Government and its state / territory governments.  The survey results have been used by ITECA in ensuring that the COAG Skills Council Ministers have a clear understanding of the shared experience of independent RTOs.

ITECA’s policy advocacy is driven by the advice and guidance provided by its members, highlighting the importance of belonging to a growing community of independent RTOs that share a commitment to quality.

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 vocational.education@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ITECAust.


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