Distance learning

Information for VET providers on how to stay compliant when adopting distance learning options

ASQA recognises and is supportive of the variety of delivery methods that providers employ in response to varied learner cohorts, training products and the diverse geographic location of learners.

The use of education technology, including electronic learning (e-learning) and online tools, has helped to grow VET enrolments and make VET more accessible via distance learning. While the use of technology for education in the VET sector is not new, the pace at which it moves is increasing rapidly. ASQA works to keep track of emerging technologies and tools, and we see them as having the potential to enhance teaching and assessment methods as long as providers follow good practice principles and maintain compliance.

It is important for providers to understand how the methodology behind the use of distance learning tools aligns with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 (the Standards), in order to remain compliant. We do not treat online or digital delivery differently to other modes of delivery. We still look for compliance with the Standards and for alignment to the training package rules (noting that some courses are better suited than others to distance delivery).

The sections linked below provide information and advice on how to remain compliant with aspects of the Standards when using distance learning techniques and tools.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is an umbrella term that covers ways in which training can be provided by an RTO remotely to a student, without face-to-face contact at a site. Perhaps the most common and widely recognised example of this is ‘online learning’, though distance learning can also include ‘e-learning’ and ‘blended learning’.

Specific industry area resources

Specific Industry areas may have additional accreditation requirements and considerations during this period. See below for information and resources based on industry areas.


Sector insights

See examples and insights into distance learning kindly shared with ASQA by members of the Australian VET sector.

View insights from the sector

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COVID-19 (coronavirus)

COVID-19 information

Health, regulatory and visa information for providers and students.

Fees and charges relief

Fees and charges relief

ASQA will waive or reimburse some fees and charges for VET providers and accredited course owners.

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Online learning good practice

TEQSA have more information on good practice when delivering courses online.

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Looking for an online course?

If you're a student looking for an online course, visit myskills.gov.au for more information.

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