ASQA’s Corporate Plan outlines how they will promote a culture of self-assurance and continuous improvement.

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ASQA Corporate Plan
Strategic Objectives

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ASQA Corporate Plan

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Draft Standards
Outcome Statements

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Outcomes mapped to
Self assurance model

ASQA’s definition of self-assurance

Self-assurance involves providers having systems in place to critically examine their performance against the Standards and training outcomes, on an ongoing basis, to meet obligations and to identify ways to continuously improve outcomes.

RTO has systems in place to critically examine..

  • What does a system look like?
  • Will our current procedures be enough?
  • What does ‘critically examine’ look like?
  • Who does this critically examining?

..performance against Standards and training outcomes..

  • What is performance in this context?
  • What is meant by meeting obligations?
  • What constitutes a training outcome?
  • How do we measure them?

..on an ongoing basis.

  • How do we define ongoing basis?
  • How do we prove this activity?
  • What constitutes improvement?
  • How do we make it continuous?
  • How do we prove it?


ASQA has been quite clear that every RTO will be expected to participate in the process. The new draft Standards require that 'ongoing monitoring and evaluation informs the continuous improvement of services.'

Compliance with RTO Standards is a major focus of self-assurance. 

ASQA has already made it clear that there will be a transition period to the self-assurance model and that they will provide educative resources to assist RTOs in understanding requirements. 

Short answer is no. VET specialists will be able to assist with some aspects of the process, However, the first word in the phrase 'self-assurance' is self. This means that people in the organisation will be expected to be the main drivers.

Simply be aware that change is coming and stay informed about ASQA's rollout program.