Transition arrangements

​​Transition to the Standards for Registered Training Organisation (RTOs) 2015

Q: Where can I find the new Standards for RTOs 2015?

A: The new Standards can be found on the TAC website or

Q: I'm a TAC registered RTO.  Do the Standards for RTOs 2015 apply to me?

A: Yes, they apply to all RTOs with current registration. 

Q: When do the new Standards for RTOs 2015 apply from?

A: For TAC regulated RTOs, the new Standards apply from 6 April 2015 for all existing RTOs and those seeking registration as an RTO with TAC.

Q: Do I need to be compliant with the new Standards for RTOs 2015 as of 6 April 2015?

A: For existing RTOs, a three month transitional period will apply from 6 April 2015 to allow time for RTOs to finalise arrangements for transitioning from the AQTF. RTOs are encouraged to transition as soon as possible. The arrangements that will apply for registration applications, audits and decisions will be published shortly.

Q: The AQTF includes Standards for Initial and Continuing Registration.  Do the new Standards for RTOs 2015 have these too?

A: No, there is only one set of Standards.  Existing RTOs and anyone wishing to become an RTO use the same Standards.

Q: Are there similarities between the AQTF and new Standards for RTOs 2015?

A: Yes there are.  TAC has mapped the similarities of the AQTF to the new Standards for an easy reference guide.  The mapping can be found here.

Q: What are the key changes from the AQTF to the new Standards for RTOs 2015?

A: An overview of the key changes can be found here.

Q: Do TAC and ASQA regulate against the same Standards for RTOs 2015?

A: Yes, all regulators apply the same Standards, although operational policies and processes may differ across Regulators.

Q: How can I check my RTO complies with the new Standards for RTOs 2015?

A: There are a range of options available to ensure your RTOs operations are compliant with the requirements of the new Standards.  These may include undertaking internal audits/self-assessments or engaging external assistance to review your operations. 

A Users' Guide is available on the TAC website to help provide further guidance about the Standards.    

While TAC is unable to provide specific advice on how or what you can do to meet the requirements of the Standards, they are available to provide advice on the intent and meaning of the Standards for RTOs 2015. 

Q: Will TAC change the way it regulates and will its processes change?

A: TAC is undergoing a review of all of its business processes to align with the new Standards for RTOs 2015.  Any changes will be communicated via TAC Special Bulletins, TAC Updates and will be published on the TAC website.  

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