Information for RTOs

Why become a registered training organisation?

Only registered training organisations (RTOs) can:

  • issue nationally recognised VET qualifications and statements of attainment
  • apply for state and Australian Government funding
  • offer training to overseas students.

To become an RTO, a training provider must meet a range of mandatory requirements to ensure that it can deliver quality training and assessment  and comply with all components of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework.

Secondary schools, TAFE , private providers, industry associations, employers, community education providers and universities can all apply for registration as an RTO.

Applying for registration

To become an RTO, a provider must apply for registration and undergo a rigorous assessment process to ensure compliance with all components of the VET Quality Framework, including the:

  • Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015
  • Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements 2011
  • Data Provision Requirements 2012
  • Australian Qualifications Framework

Additional requirements apply providers seeking registration on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to offer courses to overseas students.

Applications are submitted to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) for registration in the following jurisdictions:

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania

For providers registering to operate in Victoria only, application is made to the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).

For providers registering to operate in Western Australia only, application is made to the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia (TAC).

ASQA is also the regulatory body for RTOs in Victoria and Western Australia, that:

  • offer courses to overseas students
  • offer courses (including online) in any of the above states or territories.

For specific registration requirements refer to each regulatory authority’s website:

ASQA - asqa.gov.au

VRQA - vrqa.vic.gov.au

TAC - tac.wa.gov.au

Additional requirements for providers delivering training to overseas students

RTOs are not automatically eligible to deliver training to overseas students.

Providers wishing to deliver training to overseas students are required to comply with the requirements of the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

For information, refer to the CRICOS registration section of asqa.gov.au

Additional requirements for organisations seeking to deliver training for Australian Apprenticeships

RTOs are not automatically eligible to access funding for delivery of training for Australian Apprenticeships. The training provider must be registered in the state or territory to provide nationally recognised training and meet the policies governing ‘User Choice’ in that state or territory.

Funding for delivery of training under Australian Apprenticeships is managed at state or territory level under User Choice arrangements. The policies governing User Choice of training provider differ from state to state, and within states where training markets vary.

To apply to deliver training under User Choice arrangements in a particular state or territory, an RTO must:

  • check that the qualification they are seeking to deliver is available as a Australian Apprenticeship in that state or territory
  • have scope of registration for the qualification
  • submit an application to that state or territory training authority

If an RTO seeks to access this funding in several states or territories, it is required to make separate applications to each jurisdiction.

For more information and state/territory links, refer to australianapprenticeships.gov.au.

Implementation: Using the training packages

Training packages do not provide an off-the-shelf resource ready to be used for training. National training packages define the range of knowledge and skills (competencies) required by occupations and industries and in some cases, the circumstances under which competency can be assessed. They also describe how these competencies can be packaged into nationally recognised qualifications aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework. They do not describe how people should be trained, or provide information on delivery and funding.

This gives RTOs flexibility in determining the ways in which to offer training and assessment, and take into account differing state and territory vocational education systems, which determine funding and registration. Information on delivery and funding is part of the implementation process for training packages, and generally takes place at a state or territory level through the relevant state or territory training authorities.

Implementation involves determining details such as:

  • nominal hours for training
  • approval of specific qualifications for funding around Australian Apprenticeships
  • scope of registration
  • timelines for transition to new or revised training packages
  • arrangements around VET in Schools programs, User Choice and other funding arrangements.

Implementation issues are not addressed in training packages, and are not managed by us. However, we can help RTOs to interpret the training package requirements, locate specific information within it, as well as with support materials.

Our Resources section and online shop have information and resource material useful for RTOs.