​The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) manages all regulatory aspects for all registered training organisations (RTOs) in the Northern Territory.

ASQA-registered training organisations must meet the requirements for registration, including the requirements in the VET Quality Framework as is defined in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011.

The VET Quality Framework is a set of standards and conditions that ASQA uses to assess whether an RTO meets the requirements for registration. The VET Quality Framework comprises:

  • the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations
  • the Australian Qualifications Framework
  • the Fit and Proper Person Requirements
  • the Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements
  • the Data Provision Requirements.

ASQA application forms and guidelines

The period of registration is for up to five years, regardless of whether it is a new registration or renewal.

Organisations that successfully meet the standards through a compliance audit will be granted registration for up to a further five years.

Regulatory approach

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) exercises its responsibilities based on:

  • a robust framework of legislation and standards
  • a risk-assessment focus
  • active engagement with industry
  • a rigorous audit methodology
  • fairness and transparency
  • promoting informed consumer choice
  • accountability
  • accessibility.

For further information regarding the legislation and standards, visit the ASQA website.

Maintain registration

To maintain registration, an RTO must continue to meet the requirements of Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). A brief description of the Essential Conditions and Standards is provided below, to view full versions of these documents go to the  AQTF Publications on the training.com.au website. There is also an AQTF users' guide to the Essential Conditions and Standards for Registration which gives further information on this topic.

Essential conditions and standards for registration

As an RTO, your organisation must make the effort to understand the Essential Conditions and Standards for Registration, otherwise you may risk failing to satisfy some of the requirements for initial registration or when it comes time to re-register. There are three components:

  • Conditions of registration - These address the ‘non-negotiables’ of operating as an RTO, such as having insurance, complying with legislation, certifying accounts, issuing qualifications, satisfying national recognition and conducting ethical marketing. An RTO’s chief executive officer is required to sign a declaration agreeing to adhere to the conditions.
  • Standards - There are three standards covering RTO business areas that impact on the quality of training outcomes: training and assessment, client services and management systems. Each standard contains a number of elements that further describe the expectations of that standard with the focus being on outcomes.
  • Quality indicators - RTOs must collect and report on data against a small number of agreed outcome measures for the purpose of reporting to DET and for continuous improvement.

Operating in multiple states

RTOs can operate in any other state or territory:

  • within its scope of registration
  • without a further formal recognition process
  • without the payment of additional fees.

An NT RTO can commence operations in another state or territory at any time under the following conditions:

  • it can only deliver those courses and qualifications for which it is registered
  • it must have all the appropriate facilities and resources available in the other state or territory to deliver the training.

RTOs must not request Interstate Delivery if they have no immediate intention to deliver interstate. This would cause misleading information for people wanting to purchase training.

Interstate RTOs wishing to operate in the NT must notify ASQA of their intentions.

Restrictions on the delivery of qualifications

RTOs should be aware of and comply with any legislative or occupational licensing requirements and are advised to contact the Training Advisory Council relevant for that industry group for advice.

For example, RTOs delivering qualifications in Electrotechnology are advised to contact the Major Industries Training Advisory Council (MITAC) for advice as learners may be required to hold a class of Restricted Electrical License to complete qualifications in this Training Package.

If delivery of training is conducted in another state or territory it is imperative that jurisdictions industry training advisory bodies are contacted to determine if there are any special requirements for that occupation specific to that state or territory.

To apply for a government-funded contract to deliver training in another state or territory, contact the funding agency in that jurisdiction to ascertain if any special conditions apply.