Applying to become a VET provider

This page explains the legislative eligibility requirements that organisations must meet when seeking approval as a VET provider to offer VET FEE-HELP, as well as the process to apply for approval.

From 1 January 2017 VET FEE‑HELP will cease and VET Student Loans will commence. For more information visit VET Student Loans.

Applying to become a VET provider

This page explains the legislative eligibility requirements organisations must meet when seeking approval as a VET provider to offer VET FEE-HELP, as well as the process to apply for approval.

Before applying, organisations should consider whether VET FEE‑HELP is appropriate. VET providers are responsible for ensuring they comply with the legislative requirements. If approved, an organisation will have to change some of its business practices to ensure compliance. Breaches of legislative requirements may result in penalties including infringement notices, civil penalties, suspension or revocation of approval.

Applicants should note the information provided on this website must be read in conjunction with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Higher Education Support (VET) Guideline 2015.

VET FEE-HELP Reforms

Over the course of 2015-16, the Australian Government has made a number of significant reforms to enhance the integrity of the VET FEE HELP scheme. As a result of these reforms, the requirements an applicant must meet have been changed including new eligibility and financial reporting requirements. 

Further information about the requirements is provided in the VET FEE HELP Reforms for Providers Factsheet

The Government has committed to improving the VET FEE HELP scheme through a fundamental redesign and introduction of a new model in 2017.  Key to the new scheme will be a strong regulatory framework that provides greater protection for students and delivers quality and affordable training that has strong links to industry needs.

Eligibility

An organisation seeking approval as a VET provider to offer VET FEE-HELP must meet certain legislative eligibility requirements. To be eligible to apply, an organisation must:

  • be a body corporate that is not the trustee of a trust or be a body established to provide vocational education and training under specific legislation
  • have its central management and control in Australia
  • be a registered training organisation as listed on the National Register since at least 1 January 2016
  • have been offering at least one qualifying VET course continuously, or one or more series of qualifying VET courses without interruption, since at least 1 January 2016.

Training.gov.au is the National Register for training in Australia and contains the authoritative information about registered training organisations (RTOs).

RTOs considering applying must also meet legislative requirements in relation to financial viability, tuition assurance, student policies and procedures for fairness and equal opportunity, academic and non-academic grievance, student entry, withdrawals, refunds and re-crediting of a FEE-HELP balance. There are also ongoing responsibilities including certain administrative requirements and data reporting requirements associated with VET FEE-HELP.

Making an application

The VET FEE-HELP Provider Application Guide (Application Guide) covers the requirements that applicants must address to become approved VET providers. For each requirement the Application Guide provides a checklist of information and/or documentation which must be provided, reference to the legislative provisions and a detailed discussion of the requirements.

The Financial Viability Instructions (FVI) for VET FEE-HELP inform applicants of the financial information that is required, the form in which it must be prepared and how financial viability will be assessed.

You must read the Application Guide and FVI before applying.

How to apply

Applications must be lodged through the online HELP IT system (HITS). You will need to register for HITS to gain access, please refer to the HITS user guide for instructions.

Once you are able to access HITS, you will need to enter your organisation’s details, financial performance data and upload all documentation required to meet legislative requirements including mandatory forms. Failure to comply with the legislative guideline or provide enough information when you lodge the application may result in non-approval of the application, or may extend the timeframe of assessment of the application.

It is a requirement for some documents to be certified. The Guidelines for certification of documents provides advice on how to certify a document.

Legislation

Higher Education Support Act 2003 and Higher Education Support (VET) Guideline 2015.

An index of changes has been developed that maps the changes between the revoked VET Guideline 2015 and the new Higher Education Support (VET) Guideline 2015.

Mandatory forms

Optional templates