Australian Regulatory and Quality Frameworks
RMIT operates in a regulatory environment that has undergone significant change over the last few years with the establishment of the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), the Australian Skills Quality Agency (ASQA), revised Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and international student reforms, including amendments to the student visa scheme and oversight of ESOS compliance and CRICOS registration.
RMIT senior staff should be familiar with key regulatory and quality frameworks to understand, implement and respond to requirements that are integral to RMIT’s operating environment.
Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA)
TEQSA was established by Commonwealth legislation (the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011) and is responsible for regulating higher education provider compliance with the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 and the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).
The Threshold Standards are currently being reviewed by the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP).
TEQSA’s function was the subject of independent expert review in 2013. A series of reforms are being proposed to respond to sector feedback which are focused on TEQSA’s core activities as a regulator with the intention to streamline regulation of the tertiary education sector.
TEQSA Threshold Standards
As a condition of registration, all higher education providers must meet and adhere to the Threshold Standards. Consequently, an initial assessment of RMIT’s obligations under the Threshold Standards was undertaken in early 2012, leading to the development of a matrix that sets out evidence of compliance with the Threshold Standards and pinpoints where strengthening activity is being undertaken. The matrix can be accessed via the link below.
All TEQSA updates can be found at News & Publications
Australian Skills Quality Agency (ASQA)
ASQA replaces the functions formerly undertaken by the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority (VRQA). ASQA has the responsibility for granting Registered Training Organisation (RTO) status and ensuring compliance with associated requirements.
ASQA assesses our activity against a framework of legislation and quality standards; the VET Quality Framework and the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011.
Standards for RTOs are a core part of the VET Quality Framework, and identify the requirements for the delivery of quality training and assessment. New Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) came into effect in 2015 and apply from 1 April 2015.
2009 AUQA and AQTF Audit
RMIT was audited by AUQA in March 2009, as part of a joint audit with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority to re-register the University to deliver VET programs under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). For more information, read RMIT’s 2009 AUQA audit report.
2015 ASQA Renewal of Registration
On 27 April 2015, RMIT’s RTO Registration was renewed for a seven-year period, ending 30 June 2022.
All ASQA updates can be found at Latest News
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS)
The Education for Overseas Students, or ESOS Act, sets out the legal framework governing the delivery of education to overseas students studying in Australia on a student visa. All institutions delivering courses to international students in Australia must be registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
Registered providers are required to meet and adhere to nationally consistent standards outlined in the National Code, with any breaches resulting in significant penalties.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
The AQF organises regulated qualifications from Certificate I to doctoral programs into ten levels. Each level specifies the purpose, learning volume and graduating skills, knowledge and capability required for each qualification. Institutions cannot use the nomenclature of the AQF for qualifications that are not recognised as compliant.