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Cutting Red Tape

Monday, March 24 2014

ACPET members will rejoice at the launch by the Prime Minister and his Parliamentary Secretary, Josh Frydenberg, of the Cutting Red Tape website. It's at

In a sector beset by more, and more, and more regulation – it’s clear that tertiary institutions need government to streamline the following rules and regulations:

  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011
  • VET Quality Framework
  • Standards for National VET Regulator (NVR) Registered Training Organisations
  • Fit and Proper Person Requirements
  • Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements
  • Data Provision Requirements, and
  • Australian Qualifications Framework.
  • Standards for VET Accredited Courses
  • Standards for Training Packages
  • NSSC Training Package Products Policy supports the design of Training Packages
  • NSSC Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy
  • Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
  • National Register Guidelines
  • Higher Education Standards Framework
  • TEQSA Regulatory Risk Framework
  • Immigration (Education) Act 1971
  • Student Visa Assessment Level Framework
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (the Act) - Regulations
  • National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (the Act) - Legislative Instruments
  • National standards for ELICOS providers and courses (ELICOS Standards)
  • Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Act 2012.
  • Tuition Protection Scheme Risk Framework

These rules and regulations sit on top of business obligations under Commonwealth and State legislation, including consumer protection obligations.

Pleasingly, Commonwealth public servants are moving to engage with the sector on how this plethora of red tape can be reduced.

But the red tape website allows you to put forward your views directly on what changes should be made – you don't have to wait until specific consultations begin.

ACPET will be making a submission but we welcome advice from members about the issues you have raised. Let us know what you’ve said and it will help us shape our responses.

Email ACPET CEO, Claire Field, with advice on the changes which will assist your business.



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