As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), it is crucial to understand the importance of the annual declaration of compliance. Many RTOs view it as just another compliance requirement to be fulfilled, however, the truth is that the annual declaration can have a significant impact on the operations of the RTO if it is not completed accurately and truthfully.
Recently, we have seen RTOs face findings of non-compliance in relation to Clause 8.1 of the Standards for RTOs 2015, which requires, among other things, that RTOs provide “accurate and truthful responses to information requests from the VET Regulator relevant to the RTO’s registration.” If an RTO falsely declares that it is compliant across all its operations and is subsequently found during performance monitoring to have issues requiring rectification, it will be in breach of Clause 8.1. This can flag the RTO as being higher risk and result in increased scrutiny from the regulator.
Therefore, it is essential for RTOs to complete the annual declaration with care and accuracy. To achieve the best possible outcome, it is recommended that the annual declaration be completed in conjunction with an internal audit. This way, RTOs can be aware of any areas requiring improvement and can implement rectification strategies, thereby demonstrating to ASQA that they are being proactive in meeting their compliance requirements.
ASQA have confirmed that this years annual declaration will be required in April, so there is plenty of time for RTO’s to prepare.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your RTO in meeting its compliance requirements.
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