New VET risk area announced by ASQA

ASQA has released its Regulatory Strategy 2019-21, announcing two target areas of ‘greater regulatory focus’, according to Chief Commissioner and CEO Mark Paterson, AO.

Target area 1 is a continued focus on trainer and assessor capability with the intended actions of --

  • Maintaining scrutiny of providers who apply to deliver, and those who already offer, training products from the TAE Training Package
  • Continuing to communicate and supply information to providers regarding quality training and assessment practice
  • Undertaking further investigation of VET workforce challenges and identifying actions and responsible organisations to drive improvement in trainer and assessor capability

Target area 2 is a new focus on VET in schools. Concerns have been raised recently in reviews and research reports about VET courses delivered in secondary schools but there has not yet been national scrutiny on the associated regulatory risks. ASQA intends to consult with other regulators and state and territory governments to --

  • Clarify the risks associated with VET in schools
  • Research the delivery of VET in schools in other countries
  • Provide advice to all state and territory Ministers with responsibilities for education and training concerning the risks identified with VET in schools
  • Consider whether a regulatory response is called for

The regulatory strategy also sets out the second phase of the ‘Recognising and supporting quality initiative’, which seeks to improve how quality VET delivery is recognised and to support providers through enhanced engagement and advice. ASQA will work with the Department and the Minister of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business to further develop ways to advance quality in the VET sector. This is in response to the NVR Act review and policy analysis arising from the Joyce review.

With shifting economic circumstances and employer expectations, as well as changes within the VET sector, new risk factors and other potential issues may emerge. Consequently, ASQA has listed five products of concern for close scrutiny:

  1. CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
  2. CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  3. TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  4. CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  5. BSB50215 Diploma of Business

ASQA will actively monitor providers who intend to deliver or who currently deliver these training products.