ASQA the training regulator has put education businesses on notice as it embarks on a campaign of random audits and a blitz on false advertising to tackle persistent concerns about quality. Registered training organisations (RTOs) offering courses in the construction and aged care industries are being targeted by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) in coming months, with about 5% of providers in these industries to be randomly audited.
ASQA will also scrutinise at least 500 provider websites to identify false marketing claims, such as being able to gain a qualification in an impossibly short time. Heavy discounts and gimmicky giveaways will also be examined.
The crackdown also aims to catch businesses claiming to be authorised vocational education and training providers when they do not have the requisite approvals.
ASQA has responsibility for all but 900 of the nearly 5000 RTOs in operation nationally.