COVID-19: ASQA is committed to working with providers
ASQA understands the challenge that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak poses for VET and ELICOS providers, their staff and students.
We are committed to a flexible approach to regulating the sector in the current environment and we acknowledge that challenges during this time will take many forms.
Financial viability risk assessment
A challenge of COVID-19 may be the impact on a provider’s ability to make sound predictions regarding its anticipated revenue and expenses, and overall financial viability.
It is a legislative requirement for a provider to assure themselves that their financial operations are sufficient to maintain business continuity and continue delivering quality outcomes for students.
ASQA will engage with a provider to better understand how they are operating to meet their financial viability obligations and apply a flexible approach in the application of our regulation of Financial Viability Risk Assessments (FVRA).
The circumstances where ASQA may check the financial sustainability of a provider during a standard compliance or application process include:
While the FVRA is used, we also engage with a provider as part of the assessment process to better understand how they are operating to meet their financial viability obligations. This involves us gaining a more thorough understanding of a provider’s particular circumstances, and what actions they have taken to self-assure their financial viability.
In addition, there are a number of measures that are available to assist providers, including:
In considering these measures, providers should document any self-assessment activities undertaken, and maintain a record of any measures put in place.
To support providers during this time, we are:
|extending the deadline for completion of the annual declaration on compliance to 30 April 2020|
|not taking regulatory action against providers that are unable to submit their 2019 quality indicator data|
|extending some registration periods to relieve the pressure of upcoming renewal applications|
|postponing regulatory activities already underway, in consultation with providers.|
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The information in the links below is being updated frequently, and we encourage those affected by the Coronavirus to check these regularly.
Today, the Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, and the Minister for Education and Youth, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, announced that ASQA will extend fee relief for VET providers and accredited course owners until 31 December 2021.
ASQA has developed guidance to assist providers to deliver practical training and assessment in the workplace or under simulation.
On 9 June 2020, ASQA published information about a new unit of competency and related skill sets for infection control training from the HLT Training Package that had been endorsed by the AISC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday 1 July 2020, ASQA hosted a webinar on resumption planning: continuing delivery in a changed world.
As part of the Australian government financial relief measures announced in April, annual registration charges for 2020-21 are being waived.
ASQA is aware that it is a challenging time for VET providers seeking to continue to provide quality VET outcomes in a period of unprecedented social and economic uncertainty.
The AISC has subsequently provided a further statement on the use of the contextualisation advice.
ASQA has determined that it will not take regulatory action against providers that are unable to submit their 2019 quality indicator data.
On Wednesday 27 May 2020, ASQA hosted a webinar to provide information and guidance on remaining compliant when delivering courses via distance learning.
ASQA acknowledges the approval of new skill sets on infection control to upskill workers and manage risks arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In preparation for staff and students returning during the coming months, we’ve highlighted some resources to help you create a safe work and training place.
ASQA has decided to expand this decision and extend the teach out period of 56 VET accredited courses by six months.
ASQA has published a new website section to present compliance guidance for providers offering distance learning options.
ASQA has today announced details about a plan to waive or reimburse some fees and charges, to help mitigate the negative financial impacts of COVID-19 on the VET sector.
The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, and the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, have announced a package of measures to lift the financial pressures on registered training organisations.
CRICOS providers are required to meet their provider default obligations when placing a hold on their registration. We have published a guide to help explain these requirements.
ASQA acknowledges the variety of challenges currently facing providers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ASQA recently approved an extended transition period for 51 qualifications due to expire between 17 March and 15 July 2020.
To help make it easy to meet your reporting obligations in relation to temporary changes, ASQA has released an online submission form.
All AQF training and assessment must meet high quality standards regardless of the location of the student and the mode of delivery.
We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating unforeseen challenges for providers, raising questions about how you can best continue providing quality education to your students.
ASQA recognises that this is a difficult time for the sector and that the health of staff and students is a priority.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASQA has extended transition periods for 51 qualifications.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has issued updated guidance on travel restrictions and exclusion periods in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Department of Health has released updated advice to RTOs in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.