VET REGULATION – SELF ASSURANCE
ASQA’s intention is to move from input and compliance controls to a focus on self-assurance and excellence in training outcomes. Their Corporate Plan has four strategic objectives. The first one outlines the key activities for promoting a culture of self-assurance and continuous improvement.
ASQA’s definition of self-assurance
Self-assurance involves providers having systems in place to critically examine their performance against the Standards and training outcomes, on an ongoing basis, to meet obligations and to identify ways to continuously improve outcomes.
RTO has systems in place to critically examine..
- What does a system look like?
- Will our current procedures be enough?
- What does ‘critically examine’ look like?
- Who does this critically examining?
..performance against Standards and training outcomes..
- What is performance in this context?
- What is meant by meeting obligations?
- What constitutes a training outcome?
- How do we measure them?
..on an ongoing basis.
- How do we define ongoing basis?
- How do we prove this activity?
- What constitutes improvement?
- How do we make it continuous?
- How do we prove it?
FAQs: SELF ASSURANCE
ASQA has been quite clear that every RTO will be expected to participate in the process. The new draft Standards require that 'ongoing monitoring and evaluation informs the continuous improvement of services.'
Compliance with RTO Standards is a major component of self-assurance.
ASQA has already made it clear that there will be a 4 year transition period to the self-assurance model and that they will provide educative resources to assist RTOs to understand requirements.
ASQA has committed to publishing regular updates from July 2022 and sharing guidance and case studies to support providers to self-assure. They will also monitor provider practice and the effectiveness of the model to continuously improve their own approach.
Short answer is no. VET specialists will be able to assist with some aspects of the process, but it is worth noting that the first word in the phrase 'self-assurance' is self. This means that people inside the organisation will be expected to be the main drivers.
Simply be aware that change is coming and stay informed about ASQA's rollout program.