ASQA legislative changes
- September 7, 2020
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Newsroom
Over the next 12 months, legislative changes will come into effect to support recent amendments to the NVR Act.
The advice that ASQA has published in July has been updated to include these key changes to supporting legislation, which were announced in early August 2020, and which come into effect from 1 September 2020.
For example, changes include ASQA’s ability to issue an infringement notice where an RTO issues a testamur to a student without ensuring that student holds a Unique Student Identifier (USI), unless the student is exempt. Similarly, ASQA can issue an infringement notice if an RTO fails to comply with a direction by ASQA to cancel a VET qualification or VET statement of attainment. These changes provide alternatives to civil penalty proceedings.
The way ASQA publishes information to the National Register will change, with ASQA required to include a broader range of information about an RTO as well as historical regulatory decisions about an RTO. Additionally, from 1 March 2021, ASQA will be required to publish regulatory decisions on the National Register at the time of the decision.
To help us understand what these amendments mean, view the Legislative changes on ASQA webpage. This is where ASQA lists further developments as they become available.
Essentially Here are the highlights of changes to NVR 2011
Changes to the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) from either 1 September 2020 or 1 March 2021, which will affect ASQA, include:
- use of infringement notices as an alternative to civil penalties for RTOs who, when directed to by ASQA, fail to cancel VET qualifications and statements of attainment (1 September 2020)
- use of infringement notices as an alternative to civil penalties for RTOs who issue VET qualifications and statements of attainment to students who have not obtained a unique student identifier (USI), unless an exemption applies under the Student Identifiers Act 2014 (1 September 2020)
- requiring ASQA to add expanded details about an RTO to the National Register (i.e. ABN and website) (1 September 2020)
- requiring ASQA to publish historical regulatory decisions of an RTO on the National Register (1 September 2020)
- requiring ASQA to publish adverse regulatory decisions on the National Register at the time of decision (1 March 2021).