About the Standards for RTOs 2015

The Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Industry and Skills Council is responsible for endorsing vocational education and training (VET) standards test.

The Standards are enabled by the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVR Act), which aims to:


  • provide national consistency in regulation of the VET sector, using a standards-based quality framework and a risk-based approach
  • promote quality, flexibility and innovation in VET
  • promote Australia’s reputation for VET locally and overseas
  • promote a VET system that meets Australia’s social and economic needs
  • protect students undertaking or proposing to undertake VET in Australia, and
  • Ensure access to accurate information regarding the quality of VET.

Purpose of the Standards

The purpose of the Standards is to:

  • Describe the requirements that an organisation must meet in order to be an RTO in Australia
  • Ensure that training delivered by RTOs meets industry requirements (as set out in the training package or accredited course) and has integrity for employment and further study, and
  • Ensure RTOs operate ethically and consider the needs of both learners and industry.

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