Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

In 2017, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, commissioned a review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act) and its associated legislative framework. The review was part of the Australian Government’s commitment to ensure the quality of the national vocational education and training (VET) sector into the future.

The Review

Professor Valerie Braithwaite from the Australian National University conducted the review to determine the legislative capacity of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to efficiently and effectively regulate the sector, evaluate if ASQA’s functions and powers are consistent with best regulatory practice and assess the ability of the system to meet industry and student needs. Professor Braithwaite was also asked to investigate reforms that could improve outcomes for students.

Professor Braithwaite conducted more than fifty consultations with a wide range of VET stakeholders throughout Australia. These stakeholders included state and territory government departments, VET regulators, registered training organisations (RTOs), peak bodies, industry bodies, community organisations and university organisations. 68 submissions from individuals and organisations were received and are available on the Department of Education submissions website.

The review was supported by an Expert Advisory Panel that provided feedback and guidance over the course of the review.

In her report, ‘All eyes on quality: Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 report’, Professor Braithwaite made 23 recommendations intended to drive continuous improvement in the quality of education and training and protection of the rights of students, both of which are integral to desirable student outcomes.

The Australian Government welcomes the final report and thanks Professor Braithwaite and all the stakeholders who contributed to the review.

Australian Government Response

The Australian Government response to the review of the NVETR Act is grouped into five key themes: engagement between the regulator and the sector; strengthened registration requirements of RTOs; teaching excellence; improving the collection and sharing of data; and information and protection for students. The Australian Government will continue to liaise with key stakeholders on the implementation of review recommendations.

The Government is committed to supporting the VET sector meet the challenges for the future while safeguarding students.