A portion of the $68 million allocated to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to improve training standards will go to enhancing its IT systems and website. ASQA expects the measures will assist Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) understand and comply with national standards and facilitate ASQA’s adoption to the changes, a spokesperson from the agency told Intermedium.
Funding for the implementation of new national training standards was announced by Minister for Industry Ian MacFarlane in October 2014. The new standards will apply to prospective training providers from 1 January 2015 and to existing Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) from 1 April 2015.
The changes, which are being implemented under the Government’s reform agenda, “have been designed to maintain quality standards while also removing excessive paperwork and red tape”, according to a media statement.
“We’ve committed more than $68 million to bolster ASQA’s capacity to implement the new standards and provide a risk-based approach to regulation, the ability to crack down on serious breaches and to ensure high quality training providers have the autonomy to spend more time skilling the workers of the future.
“To reduce the regulatory burden on training providers, ASQA is enhancing the information and guidance it provides to assist RTOs in complying with the required national standards.
“By providing more information about the standards and how ASQA will regulate against them, RTOs and course owners will find it easier to comply.”