Piloting and Implementation of the Revised Standards for RTOs in 2025

Piloting and Implementation of the Revised Standards for RTOs in 2025

Overview of the Revised Standards for Registered Training Organisations

The upcoming implementation of the revised Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), effective from 1 January 2025, marks a significant development in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. This initiative aims to elevate the quality of VET, ensuring that providers adhere to high standards and deliver top-quality training.

Current Piloting Activities

Testing and Refinement: This quarter, further piloting activities are underway to test the practical application of these revised Standards. The aim is to identify the necessary guidance materials, policies, and tools to support RTOs in meeting these new requirements.

Focus on Clarity and Flexibility: The revised Standards are designed to provide clearer guidance for RTOs on achieving high-quality outcomes for learners, support consistent regulation, and enable flexible and innovative delivery of training.

Release of Amended Draft Standards: The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) released the latest amended draft of the Standards in October 2023.

Supporting Instruments and Policies

Compliance Requirements Instrument and Credentials Policy: DEWR is currently drafting these documents to accompany the revised Standards. These will streamline the legislative framework, focusing on quality and integrity within the VET sector.

Annual Declaration on Compliance (ADC)

Availability and Deadline: The ADC will be available for completion from 1 February, with a submission deadline of 29 February. It is a crucial component of an RTO’s commitment to upholding the expected standards in VET delivery.

Legal Responsibility: Only the person legally responsible for the RTO’s registration, typically the CEO, can complete the ADC.

Preparation for ADC: RTOs are advised to start preparing for the ADC by using self-assessment tools to evaluate their compliance and ensure their asqanet records are accurate.

Implications for Training Providers

Ensuring Compliance: RTOs must be proactive in understanding and aligning with the revised Standards. This involves a thorough review of current practices and making necessary adjustments to meet the new requirements.

Emphasis on Quality and Integrity: The focus of the revised Standards is to ensure that training providers not only comply with regulatory requirements but also commit to continuous quality improvement in their training outcomes.

Adapting to Changes: RTOs need to be agile in adapting to these changes, ensuring that their training delivery remains relevant, effective, and compliant with the new Standards.


The revised Standards for RTOs represent a significant shift towards enhancing the quality and integrity of VET. As the sector prepares for these changes, RTOs must ensure they are ready to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to continuous quality improvement and adhere to the enhanced standards. This proactive approach will be crucial for successfully navigating the updated regulatory landscape and maintaining high standards in vocational training and education.

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Sukh Sandhu

Executive Director

Sukh has been working in the VET and Higher Education Industry for over 25 years. In this time, he has held several roles with RTO's and Higher Education Providers (HEP) including CEO roles for International Colleges and National Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager roles for several RTO's, TAFE's and Universities. Sukh has also worked for the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) as a Business Systems Project Official. Sukh is a Canadian permanent resident and Australian citizen.

Sukh has had extensive project management experience in risk management, compliance, administration and as a training consultant. He has extensive knowledge in government compliance standards and has participated in nearly one hundred audits across Australia and provided consultancy advice regarding ASQA/VRQA, TEQSA, ACPET, DET-HESG, VQF/Higher Education, ELICOS, NEAS, ANMAC, AHPRA, CRICOS, ESOS and ISO.

Sukh is a member of several independent professional organisations and government bodies including, ACPET, VELG, ACS, AITD, MARA, MIA, ISANA, APEX, IEEE, The Internet Society (Global Member), AISIP, IAMOT, ACM, OISV, APACALL, IWA, Eta Kappa Nu, EDSIG and several others.

Sukh's qualifications include two MBAs, three masters in IT and systems, a Graduate diploma of management learning, Diploma in training design and development, Diploma in vocational education training, Diploma of work, health and safety, Diploma of Quality Auditing, Advanced diploma of management, Advanced diploma in marketing, human resources, information technology, and a number of other courses and qualifications. He has been working as a lecturer and as a trainer and assessor since 1998, Sukh has been a vocal advocate of audit reforms and system centred auditing practices rather than auditor centred auditing practices for many years.