ASQA Update 29 September

Welcome to the September edition of the ASQA Update

Ms Saxon Rice, Chief Executive Officer

Last month, ASQA published its Corporate Plan for 2022-23, which sets out our strategic direction for the next four years. The corporate plan has been shaped by the expectations of government and expert advice from the National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Regulator Advisory Council – and outlines our purpose, how we will achieve this purpose, and how government, our stakeholders and the community will know that we have achieved our intended outcomes as we embark on what can only be described as a transformational period for the VET sector in Australia.

Last financial year, ASQA’s focus was in four key areas – supporting the shift in our regulatory approach towards provider self-assurance and excellence in training outcomes, enhancing our educative approach and engagement with the sector, and maturing, in partnership with our stakeholders, our approach to identifying regulatory risk and using an appropriate mix of our educative, compliance and enforcement tools and approaches to prevent and manage realised risk. These areas of focus were foundational for ASQA’s Corporate Plan 2022-23 – which is and remains, a maturity journey not only for ASQA as the regulator but for the sector as a whole. Building on enhancements introduced last year, ASQA’s Corporate Plan for 2022-23 also presents a refined performance framework with key actions and accountabilities that will support us to deliver on the outcomes we have committed to in the plan.

Last month, ASQA also published our Regulatory Risk Priorities for 2022-23. We apply a risk-based and data-driven approach to allocating our regulatory effort and managing risks proportionately. This year, our regulatory priorities look a little different, and have been considered in the context of four overarching regulatory themes – Aged Care and Disability Support Training, International, Market Performance and Economic Factors.

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