Extension of transition period for training products endorsed between September 2015 and March 2016

The transition to the Standards for Training Packages resulted in a temporary surge in the number of revised training products endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The peak of activity was between September 2015 and March 2016.

To assist registered training providers (RTOs) to prepare for and implement revised training products, the COAG Industry and Skills Council (CISC) agreed to temporarily increase the period allowed to transition students to updated training products under Standard 1.26 (a) of the Standards for RTOs 2015.

Where a training product has been superseded, RTOs have 18 months—instead of the usual 12 months—to either:

  • transition students to the updated training product, or
  • teach students out in the superseded training product.  

The extended 18 month transition period commences on the date the revised training product is released on the National Register.

This provision applies to training products endorsed by the AISC between 1 September 2015 and 31 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.

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

Where a training product is superseded but not replaced by a new qualification (Standard 1.26 (b)), the relevant VET regulator will continue to remove the training product from the RTO's scope of registration two years from the date the training product was removed or deleted from the National Register.

RTOs delivering training funded by state and territory governments should ensure that funding arrangements cover this extended period. The New South Wales Government will contact training market stakeholders directly about implementation in New South Wales.

Vocational education and training 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 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. Further information about ASQA is available on 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:

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.

National VET standards

National standards for VET are agreed by the Australian Government and state and territory governments 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 (RTOs) 2015 strengthen the requirements for RTOs and ensure nationally consistent, high quality training and assessment across Australia's VET sector.

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 RTO obligations can be found on ASQA's website.

Standards for VET courses

Most VET courses consist 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.  Further information on training packages can be found on the department's training packages page.

VET is also delivered through accredited courses, which complement training package qualifications by ensuring 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.

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.