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Queensland school registered training organisations (RTOs) must interpret and apply the VET Quality Framework (VQF) to their RTO operations. RTOs must ensure that they deliver a quality product for students that enable them to perform to the standard expected in the workplace. Effective industry consultation is crucial to the development of a quality product.

Legal responsibility of the Principal

A significant and ongoing commitment is required to operate an RTO. The Principal (i.e. Chief Executive) signs a Statutory Declaration stating that he or she:

  • has read and understood the VET Quality Framework;
  • accepts responsibility for ensuring the school RTO complies with the VET Quality Framework and all other applicable conditions of registration;
  • will ensure that the school RTO will cooperate with ASQA (and therefore QCAA) as the national VET regulator;
  • understands that ASQA may impose conditions on the registration of the school RTO.

The Conditions of registration for RTOs are set out in part 2, division 1, subdivision B of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. Compliance with the VET Quality Framework is a legislative requirement of the Act.

For more information regarding meeting the requirements of ongoing RTO registration, see the ASQA website.

VET Quality Framework (VQF)

The VET Quality Framework is aimed at achieving greater national consistency in the way providers are registered and monitored and in how standards in the VET sector are enforced. The VET Quality Framework comprises:

  • the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015
  • the Fit and Proper Person Requirements
  • the Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements
  • the Data Provision Requirements
  • the Australian Qualifications Framework.


Failure to ensure compliance will result in non-compliances being identified at audit, and in sanctions being imposed if non-compliances are not addressed within specified timelines.

The Act provides a range of sanctions of increasing severity, escalating from enforceable undertakings and additional conditions on registration through to suspending or cancelling the registration of an RTO.

Details of regulatory decisions — including the RTOs details, the name of the CEO (i.e. the principal) and the type of regulatory decision imposed — are available at the ASQA website.

Information for Principals

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