Structure, organisations and key people
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for vocational education and training (VET) in Australia, established on 1 July 2011. The agency was established as part of a commitment of the Council of Australian Governments to improve the quality and consistency of VET training in Australia.
The core functions of the agency are to regulate courses and training providers to ensure national quality standards, as outlined in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011, are met. This is achieved through registering and accrediting courses by assessing the performance of providers against the standards.
ASQA also regulates Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) providers under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (the ESOS Act). These are providers of nationally recognised training to overseas students who have Australian student visas.
Effective regulation is essential to our goal of ensuring quality and consistency in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) industry.
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