Unpacking ASQA audit reports and files (Part 4)

November 14, 2019

This is part 4 of a series. We are referring here to cases from different audits conducted by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).


(1). Units made compliant, qualifications become non-compliant 


ASQA making decisions, where individual units were made compliant but qualifications including the very same units were made non-compliant. 


When we read auditor’s response the situation becomes quite interesting: 


(2). ASQA officers contradicting what the ASQA auditor wrote in the initial audit reports 


ASQA officer stating that the RTO initially applied for classroom delivery and then changed to online and  rejected the application. The initial audit report had completely different statement by the initial ASQA auditor which demonstrates that there was never a proposal for classroom delivery and it was always a proposal of online delivery or online blended. 


(3). ASQA refusing an application based upon the opinion that the RTO does not have intention to work with the regulatory body or was it the other way around? ASQA seems to have no intention to work with the people and organisations who question their conduct.  


(4). ASQA submitted this highly ridiculous comment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal where they stated that the CEO of an organisation does not have enough VET knowledge and advised to do some further courses in the vocational education and training sector, before reapplying for the RTO. The same CEO was deemed compliant by a previous ASQA auditor on trainers and assessors credentials such as vocational competency, training and assessment competency, Vet sector knowledge and skills (including competency based training and assessment) and professional development, industry skills and practices. 


(5). Unachievable requests and bullying conduct in audit. 


(6). Auditor suggesting documents to be emailed after the audit