DRAFT STANDARDS A draft version of the new Standards for RTOs was released in early November 2022. Read it here, find out about consultation process and see how it aligns with ASQA’s approach to self-assurance. ASQA: SELF-ASSURANCE ASQA plans to move from compliance controls to a focus on self-assurance and excellence in training outcomes. What does that mean, what does an RTO have to do and when is it all happening? SYSTEMS THINKING A preference for systems thinking has been a thread that has connected many iterations of the RTO Standards. Systems are embedded in the organisation anyway, so why not use them to improve operations? POLICIES, PROCESSES, PROCEDURES Operational staff often have an ambivalent relationship with policies and procedures. It is worth teasing out what they are, and what they are not, so that they can be useful in an organisation. EDITORIALS A personal perspective on the happenings and not-happenings in the VET sector as well as some input on systems, self-assurance, and compliance.