National Regulatory Framework

Extension of transition period - training products endorsed between September 2015 to March 2016

As a result of the transition to the Standards for Training Packages there is a temporary surge in the number of revised training products endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The peak of activity for release of revised training packages is within the period September 2015 to March 2016.

To assist registered training providers (RTOs) to prepare for and implement revised training packages, the Australian Government Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and state and territory Skills Ministers have agreed to temporarily increase the period allowed to transition students to the updated training package qualifications under Standard 1.26 (a) of the Standards for RTOs 2015.

RTOs will now have 18 months instead of 12 months from the date the superseding training product was released on the National Register ( to transition students to the updated training package qualifications or complete their studies and issue the appropriate certification.

This provision only applies for training products endorsed by the AISC from September 2015 until March 2016.

A list of qualifications has been provided to ensure a clear understanding of which products are in scope and have an 18 month transition period. Further updates to the list will be made as further decisions are made by the AISC through to 31 March 2016.

RTOs are able to enrol learners in and deliver the revised training products prior to the 18 month transition date once their scope of registration has been updated by the regulator and, if required, the purchasing arrangements are in place for the relevant state and territory for government funded delivery.

In relation to training where a qualification is superseded but not replaced by a new qualification (standard 1.26 (b) of the standards), the VET Regulator will continue to remove the qualification from the RTO’s scope of registration two years from the date the qualification was removed or deleted from the National Register.

RTOs delivering training funded by state government agencies should ensure that funding arrangements cover this extended period.  The New South Wales government will be in contact directly with training market stakeholders about implementation of this in New South Wales.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Regulators

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

ASQA is the national VET regulator, established under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act). ASQA is responsible for the registration of registered training organisations (RTOs) under the NVETR Act and monitoring their compliance with national VET standards.

ASQA also has related responsibilities including the regulation of VET accredited courses and functions as a designated authority under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act). Further information about ASQA, its role and its risk-based regulatory approach can be found at the ASQA website.

State regulators

Separate regulators in Victoria and Western Australia continue to register and regulate RTOs which deliver training to domestic students only in those states. These regulators are:

  • in Victoria, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA); further information can be found at the VRQA website.
  • in Western Australia, the Training Accreditation Council; further information can be found at the Council's website.

Standards for regulators

The Standards for VET Regulators 2015 enhance consistency in the VET regulators’ implementation and interpretation of the national VET standards, and promote the accountability and transparency of the operations of the VET regulators. The Standards are available from the Federal Register of Legislation website.

National VET Standards

National standards for VET are agreed by the Commonwealth, states and territories through the COAG Industry and Skills Council. Many of these standards are implemented as legislative instruments under the NVETR Act.

Standards for Registered Training Organisations 

The Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 strengthen the requirements for RTOs and ensure nationally consistent, high quality training and assessment across Australia’s VET sector. The Standards are available from the Federal Register of Legislation website.

RTOs must also comply with a number of other requirements such as the Fit and Proper Person Requirements and the Data Provision Requirements. Further information on RTOs’ obligations can be found on ASQA’s website.

Standards for VET courses

Most VET courses consists of units of competency developed through a process of national consultation with industry and set out in training packages. The Standards for Training Packages 2012 ensure training packages are of high quality and meet the workforce development needs of industry, enterprises and individuals.

The Standards for Training Packages 2012 are avaialble.  For further information on training packages can be found on this website.

VET is also delivered through accredited courses, which complement training package qualifications by ensuring that new training courses can be developed quickly and by supporting niche skills needs. VET accredited courses are regulated against the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012, which can be accessed on the Federal Register of Legislation website. 

VET qualifications are developed in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF is the framework for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system and includes the schools, VET and higher education sectors. The AQF can be accessed at the AQF webiste.