Unrealistic timeframes of the regulatory body

Unrealistic timeframes of the regulatory body

Unrealistic timeframes of the regulatory body

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulatory body for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. ASQA’s primary role is to protect students and ensure that they receive high-quality training from registered training organisations (RTOs).

ASQA has a range of service standards that it strives to meet, including:

  • Providing clear and timely communication
  • Making fair and transparent decisions
  • Acting with integrity, professionalism and respect
  • Being open and accountable
  • Providing efficient and effective services.

However, recent reports have suggested that ASQA’s decision-making processes are often slow and bureaucratic, resulting in unrealistic timeframes for RTOs. This can create significant problems for RTOs, particularly small businesses, who may not have the resources to wait for a decision.
Addition to scope

ASQA's unrealistic timeframes for adding new courses to its scope of registration are a major problem for providers.

The process for adding a new course to ASQA's scope of registration is needlessly complicated and takes far too long. It can often take up to 6 months for ASQA to process an application, during which time the provider is unable to offer the course.

This is a major problem for providers, as it limits their ability to respond to market demand and offer new courses in a timely manner. It also puts them at a competitive disadvantage compared to other providers who are not subject to the same delays.

ASQA needs to streamline its process for adding new courses to its scope of registration, and reduce the timeframe to a matter of weeks, not months. This would allow providers to be more responsive to market demand and offer new courses in a timely manner.

It would also level the playing field with other providers who are not subject to the same delays.

ASQA’s slow decision-making process is a major problem for the VET sector. It is essential that ASQA improves its processes so that RTOs can continue to provide high-quality training to students.

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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.