VET-HE Dual Sector
TEQSA’s statistics show that there has been a spike in new applications to register as a Higher Education Provider – a large number of them existing VET providers (RTOs).
At the start of Q1 2016/2017, TEQSA had approximately 74 potential new providers in the pipeline, with almost 50 having formally submitted applications for initial registration by Q1 2016/2017. This compared with 10 applications in 2014-15, eight in 2013-14 and just two in 2012-13.
The sudden jump in the numbers was contributed to a range of factors including changes to VET FEE-HELP, reputational damage done to VET within the last few years, attractiveness of higher educational pathways, and strategic manoeuvring of quality VET providers to secure a better share within the education sector in a gradually declining VET international student numbers.
Under a 2016 inter-agency cooperation arrangement, key regulatory agencies ASQA (VET), TEQSA (HE), ATO, Department of Education and Training (DET), State funding bodies, and DIBP now share information on providers between them; making it harder for any provider with a high risk rating or on-going compliance issues to apply for a new registration under any new category.
As such, dual-sector strategy is heavily dependent on – and with a success factors of – a robust VET compliance history, culture, and system in VET in order to succeed in higher education. VET and HE cannot be viewed and approached separately if the idea is to become a dual-sector provider and create VET to HE pathway within the institution.
With this in mind, we assist quality and committed VET providers in first establishing a robust and best-practice compliance system at VET level in preparation for higher education operations.
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Our integrated dual-sector approach includes, in order of;
- A comprehensive RTO internal audit
- Gap analysis and remdies
- Establishment of QA practices and review processes
- RTO risk management
- Undertaking major planning process
- Establishment of corporate structure for dual-sector operations
- Establishment of governance structures
- Policy framework and establishment of governing bodies
Rest of the process in accordance with the steps listed in our Higher Education Consultancy page.
A distinct adjustment needed to be made by the existing VET provider is in good governance practice, which poses cultural and structural challenges as decision-making in HE operations is contingent upon a governing body whereas in the VET sector it can be a single person (e.g. the CEO). Thus, the need for an integrated system.
We support dual-sector providers in achieving their intended higher education goals and objectives.