ASQA’s annual report for 21/22’ was released last week with some important findings.
There was a change in language away from Audits to Performance Assessments of which there were 356 conducted and Review Monitoring activities totalling 100.
A far cry from the the 1714 undertaken only a couple of years ago when ASQA noted that 25% of those found non-compliant had “Critical/Serious findings”.
Perhaps a little more concerning for RTOs facing audit in the future was that ASQA found 244 of the 356 RTO’s audited non-complaint against the standards. With the support available to RTO’s to maintain compliance that fact that 69% of audits resulted in non-compliant findings is concerning because its completely avoidable!
These are not toothless findings either, from these findings ASQA took 112 adverse decisions against RTO’s. Issuing 84 directions, 10 sanctions to cancel, 7 sanctions to suspend a providers registration, 7 conditions were imposed, 3 in-part scope suspensions, and 1 civil penalty.
Whilst there has been an 80% (approx) reduction in audits over the last 2 years, non-compliance seems alive and well.
With self assurance coming RTO’s must have their own systems and practices to systematically monitor, evaluate and continually improve their training outcomes and performance against the standards.
The message here is to ensure you have a third party evaluate your level of compliance well before audit time – get a clear unbiased view of your level of compliance.
Even better, talk to Edutemps about a review and monitoring SYSTEM for your RTO – make audit easy.
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