The government is cracking down on dodgy providers of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses with new legislation introduced into Parliament this week.
The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2015 will enable Government to create new quality standards in order to quickly address any problems with VET courses as well as require all VET courses to clearly identify which registered training organisation (RTO) is providing the course, according to the Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham.
Additionally, registration for RTOs will be also extended from five to seven years to enable the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – national training regulator – to focus its attention on investigating and dealing with poor quality or high risk providers.
“The Australian Government will take strong action against those who seek to take advantage of vulnerable students and taxpayers,” Birmingham said.
“Currently, making new standards to address quality issues can take up to 12 months. This can leave students unfairly exposed to poor quality training,” he continued, adding that the legislation will enable specific quality concerns to be addressed within weeks.
Senator Birmingham said the extension to registration of RTOs to seven years was in response to ASQA stating time spent in re-registration audits would be better spent on targeted or random audits.”
“This Bill builds on significant reform being implemented across the VET sector, including a national VET complaints hotline, improved data reporting, $68 million to strengthen ASQA, new trade support loans and tougher new standards for RTOs,” Birmingham finished.