Legislation was introduced into the Australian Parliament on February 25 to further crack down on unscrupulous Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers and improve training quality.
Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham said the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2015 would:
- Enable the Australian Government to create new quality standards in order to quickly address any problems with VET providers or VET courses;
- Require anyone, including brokers and other third parties, who is marketing a VET course to clearly identify which registered training organisation (RTO) is providing the qualification; and
- Extend the registration period for RTOs from five to seven years to enable the national training regulator – the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – to focus its attention on investigating and acting upon high risk and poor quality providers.
“The Bill sends a clear signal that, when required, the Australian Government will take strong action against those who seek to take advantage of vulnerable students and taxpayers,” Senator Birmingham said.
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