So why do we still have more than one regulator in VET

I mean, lets get serious for a second here, ASQA has been the ‘national regulator’ for over 3 years now, and as from 1 April 2015, all RTOs are covered by the same set of standards so why, why are the separate regulators for Victoria and Western Australia.  Can someone please explain it to me because surely it can’t simply be these two states simply trying to flex their states rights muscles, and given that they only regulate those RTOs that only do business in their respective states it can’t be about the generation of income.  I for one am dumbfounded that we still have this ridiculous situation where some RTOs are not regulated by the National Regulator, for what to me at least has nothing to do with quality or costs or anything like that and far more to do with political points scoring and control.

It is not like ASQA is new or that there are different sets of standards (That dumbfounded me as well but that is a different story).  I know when ASQA first started that Queensland took a cautious approach and waited 12 months before referring powers, but it has been over 3 years now people, get with the program.  It can’t be  about quality, because first off everyone is governed by the same standards and secondly surely consistency of auditing and quality is better served by having a single regulator, whose job it is to make sure that all of their auditors apply the standards in a consistent way.

Now I know some people have a negative view of ASQA, but I and a lot of other people in the sector really have found them to fantastic, particularly in the last 12 months and when I see reports like the recent one from Victoria about the state government cracking down on dodgy providers accessing government funding, I can’ t help but ask myself, how many of these dodgy providers are regulated by ASQA and how many are regulated by Victoria.

So unless someone can show me an actual, real, logical, viable reason why we should have two states that are not regulated by ASQA, then Victoria and Western Australian, need to bite the bullet, suck it up, stop playing political games or whatever the hell they are doing and join the rest of us.

The sooner we have one single national regulator for everyone the better.

Anyway that’s just my opinion


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Paul Rasmussen is one of Australia’s most widely read Vocational Education and Training Commentators. He provides deep, unbiased analysis and insights not only on topical issues, but also on the underlying structure and policy which supports the industry. His writing and analysis has been praised for its uncompromising and thought provoking style and its ability to focus on the issues of real importance to the sector. He has advised various government departments and ministers, training providers, public and private organisations, not for profits and small to medium enterprises on the VET sector and the issues and opportunities facing it. He is one of Australia’s most awarded learning professionals and a regular speaker at a range of conventions and forums. His extensive experience in vocational education, and learning and development coupled with formal qualifications in philosophy, ethics, business and education management allow Paul to provide a unique view of the road ahead and how to navigate it.

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