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ASQA News 12-Jul-2018

Definition of Enterprise RTOs updated

ASQA has recently updated their guide for the Application of Initial Registration with changes taking effect as of the 1st of July, 2018.  You can find this and download for your own reference here:

Once of the changes noted, has been to the definition of an Enterprise RTO.  ASQA now deem an Enterprise RTO to be:
“An enterprise or the training function or department of an enterprise that is registered to provide nationally recognised training. Training is delivered only to its employees. 

This includes, for example: 

Enterprise—government (for example, Department of Defence) 
Enterprise—non-government (for example, Woolworths, Qantas)”

Issuance of false qualifications leads to $31,400 penalty
A Queensland man who misled three individuals into providing payment for false qualifications has been ordered to pay a pecuniary penalty of $31,400.

On 5 July 2018, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) successfully obtained a declaration from the Federal Court that Scott Andrew Jones created false qualifications concerning “Engineering—Fabrication Trade”, in the names of three different people, and provided those documents for a fee.
The court found that Mr Jones falsely represented to these individuals that each qualification was a legitimate vocational education and training (VET) qualification issued by a registered training organisation (RTO).
ASQA Chief Commissioner Mark Paterson said ASQA began investigating Mr Jones following a complaint.
“The investigation identified that Mr Jones had offered to assist work colleagues by enrolling them with TAFE Queensland to seek recognition of prior learning for engineering qualifications. Mr Jones took money from these individuals and then copied a legitimate qualification in order to issue documentation, which he purported to be from TAFE Queensland, to his colleagues. 

As a result of its investigation, ASQA commenced a civil prosecution against Mr Jones.

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