A new version of the Data Provision Requirements comes into effect on 1 March 2021, which is made under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (the Act).
The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Data Provision Requirements) Instrument 2020 (the Data Provision Requirements 2020) was made on 20 November 2020 and repeals and replaces the current Data Provision Requirements 2012.
The Data Provision Requirements 2020 clarify what information must be provided to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and reduce duplication to help registered training organisations (RTOs) meet their existing obligations.
The Data Provision Requirements 2020 provide a more explicit listing of some information ASQA requires and adds a requirement for RTOs to keep certain specified information up to date where there has been a change in circumstances. In support of the new subsection 211(2B) of the Act, RTOs are required to provide information on their ability to meet requirements about information technology set out in any legislative instrument made under that subsection, but this only applies when such a legislative instrument exists.
The changes support recommendations made by Professor Valerie Braithwaite in 2019 in the ‘All eyes on quality: Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 report’ and include changes flowing on from amendments to the Act in February and August 2020.
As a condition of registration, RTOs are required to comply with the VET Quality Framework, which includes the Data Provision Requirements 2020.
For information on the legislative amendments and complying with ASQA’s requirements, visit ASQA’s website at www.asqa.gov.au.