Internal audits and why they are so important (Part 3 of 5)

April 10, 2019

In part 1 & 2 of this series we discussed the following:

  • What are internal audits?

  • What are the benefits of conducting internal audits?

  • What is an audit scope?

  • What is usually included in an RTO internal audit?

  • Who can be an internal auditor?

  • Compliance costs and risks in terms of “risk management”

  • The effective internal audit function


In this part, we will cover the following areas:

  • Requirements of conducting internal audits

  • The quality system of an RTO


The requirement of conducting internal audits


The requirement of conducting an internal audit is not explicitly mentioned in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 but the requirement is for the RTO to ensure it complies with SRTOs 2015 Standards at all times, including where services are being delivered on its behalf as mentioned in Standard 2 (clauses 2.1 and 2.2) and standard 8 (clause 8.4). This applies to all operations of an RTO within its scope of registration.


The RTO is also required to:


a) systematically monitor the RTO’s training and assessment strategies and practices to ensure ongoing compliance with Standard 1, and;