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RTOs: Employer Satisfaction Survey

​Tell us about your experience with RTOs, apprentices and trainees.

Extension of apprentice vehicle registration discount in Victoria

You may be eligible if you are undertaking an apprenticeship in NSW or SA.

Compliance reminders for RTOs

​Annual declarations and Child Safe Standards audits.

2022 client and stakeholder research findings

Thank you to all those who participated in VRQA's annual research.

Are your emergency contact details up to date?

​Find out more about the emergency contact register.

Employers must supervise apprentices and trainees

​Apprenticeships Victoria's Guidance Note and fact sheets.

263 training contracts cancelled in 6 months

​Use the employer checklist to help avoid cancellations.

Changes to Child Safe Standards regulation

​VRQA given additional legislative powers.

2023 fees and charges

​​Our fees and charges have changed from 1 January 2023 to reflect Consumer Price Index movements.

The 2021–22 VRQA Annual Report is now available

​The 2021–22 VRQA Annual Report is now available on our website.

Topline Carpentry banned from employing apprentices and trainees

VRQA bans company found guilty of OHS breaches from employing apprentices and trainees

RTOs: More time to transition to current training packages and qualifications

​The VRQA can now extend transition end dates where appropriate.

Is your school bushfire ready?

​Information to help schools and school boarding premises prepare for a bushfire.

Delays to your training contract?

Call your apprenticeship network provider.

The dos and don'ts of applications and learning plans

Follow these tips to get them right the first time.

Our plan for the next 3 years

​The VRQA Strategic Plan 2022–25 defines our priorities for the next 3 years.

New Child Safe Standards resources for non-school providers

​Information and guidance to help non-school providers comply with the new Standards.

The VRQA stops registration of inappropriate traineeships

Employers are reminded that apprentices and trainees must undertake work that matches their skill level.

Reminder to employers: release your apprentices and trainees to undertake training

​The VRQA is putting employers on notice – make sure apprentices and trainees can undertake training.

Problem with your apprenticeship or traineeship?

Call the VRQA.

Home schooling: Changes to 2022 reviews

​We're now offering reviews via video conference to make them easier for parents and guardians.

VRQA acts to protect quality of traineeship system

​Car dealership banned from signing up trainees.

Building Equality Policy

​A data-informed approach to closing the gender gap in construction.

Reminder to employers: supervise your apprentices

​The VRQA regularly monitors apprentices, trainees and their employers.

Mitigating the risk of harm to Victorian apprentices and trainees

​The VRQA is contacting employers about their obligations and approval to employ.

Our regulatory approach, explained

​Read our regulatory approach statement to understand how we perform our role and what to expect from us.

Employer’s approval to hire and train apprentices revoked

​The VRQA regularly uses its enforcement powers.

New Child Safe Standards website

​Information and guidance to help education providers comply with the new Standards.

Victorian apprenticeship and traineeship registrations

​Contract registration is back to normal in Victoria.

VRQA accredits VCE Vocational Major and VPC

​Some schools and providers are automatically registered to deliver these new pathways. 

New Child Safe Standards resources

​Education providers can access resources to help them transition to the new Standards.

Secondary student exchange programs cleared to resume

Approved schools and organisations can once again provide secondary student exchange programs.

Updated guidelines reflecting new standards and secondary pathways

The updates reflect Victoria’s new Child Safe Standards and new secondary education pathways.

Compliance monitoring campaign extended: BAC apprenticeships and traineeships

​The VRQA continues to monitor BAC-related apprenticeships and traineeships and enforce compliance.

Working with co-regulators to enforce state government Pandemic Orders

Monitoring mandatory vaccination requirements, COVIDSafe plans and mask wearing in independent schools.

Approval revoked: examples of employer non-compliance

​A snapshot of recent VRQA compliance activity.

Conduct reporting guide for schools: Steps to keep your students safe

​The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) has launched a new guide to help schools understand and act on child safety matters.

New Child Safe Standards: Ministerial Order for schools and school boarding premises

​Ministerial Order No. 1359 commences 1 July 2022.

Apprenticeship regulators agree to greater collaboration

​Mitigating the risk of harm to apprentices and trainees.

We hear you – client and stakeholder research findings

​A report on the results of our 2021 client and stakeholder research is now available.

Advice from WorkSafe: Falls prevention

​A guide to making your workplace safer.

Regulation case file

Common compliance issues and how employers can avoid them.

2022 fees and charges

​Our fees and charges will change from 1 January 2022 to reflect Consumer Price Index movements.

Education providers: Sign up for new Child Safe Standards updates

​Sign up to receive new information and resources via email.

Welcome to VRQA’s new Board member

​Mr Peter Loney brings extensive experience in audit and risk, public sector integrity and governance.

Compliance monitoring: BAC apprenticeships and traineeships

Our authorised officers regularly contact and monitor apprentices, trainees and their workplaces.

School boarding premises registration and amendment forms now available

​New forms for registering a premises or amending an existing registration.

The 2020–21 VRQA Annual Report is published

You can now download and view our current annual report.

Update your contact details

Apprentices need up to date contact details to receive their trade papers.

Our 2021 client and stakeholder research is underway

We’re contacting clients to understand their experiences.

Home schooling registration

Continue or cancel home schooling registration for 2023.

Home schooling reviews

The next review cycle is about to commence.

School intervention framework

Understand how and when we take action to protect Victorian school children.

Employer responsibilities: a reminder

Making sure an apprenticeship or traineeship is on track.

Readiness tool for school boarding premises

How to meet the minimum standards for school boarding premises registration.

Not-for-profit requirements now apply to existing schools

Updated guidelines apply to all existing schools from 1 July 2021.

New Child Safe Standards

The Victorian Government has introduced new Standards that will come into effect on 1 July 2022.

Change to the way apprentices receive trade papers

Trade papers are now automatically issued.

VET: New AQTF Standards now in effect

Updated templates for VET course accreditation applications.

School boarding premises regulation

Information to help you understand what's changed and why.

Workplace visits onsite and online

Our workplace visits now include a blend of remote and face-to-face assessments.

Online delivery for CRICOS students extended

CRICOS schools may continue online course provision to international students until the end of Term 2, 2022.

MOU with Local Jobs First Commissioner

An agreement on information sharing with the VRQA.

School boarding regulations indicator survey

Find out if your school or organisation will be required to meet the new minimum standards.

Readiness tool for new school applications

A new checklist to help applicants meet the minimum standards.

Apprenticeships and traineeships expanded to asylum seekers

Refugee and humanitarian visas may now provide access to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Children assessment notice language updated

New legislation terminology will soon be reflected across VRQA documents and forms.

Home schooling: Understanding the requirements of registration

Key things to understand and complete.

FAQs: Skill set information for RTOs

What skill sets are and how to deliver them.

Get to know our CEO

Jonathan Kaplan answers some questions about himself and his career.

Lynn Glover awarded PSM

Our former CEO has been recognised for her contribution to Victorian education.

Our new engagement strategy

Our plan to engage with you and improve our services.

We hear you: Results from our client and stakeholder research

Our 2020 client and stakeholder research results are now published.

Updates to our provider risk framework

We've updated some risk indicators based on what we've found during recent review and registration activity.

Extended course transition periods

A nationally consistent approach to extended transition periods.

The VRQA welcomes Jonathan Kaplan as CEO

Mr Kaplan has been appointed as our new CEO.

2021 fees and charges

Our fees and charges have changed since 1 January 2021 to reflect consumer price index movements.

FAQs: SBAT completion

Guidance and key information for employers of school-based apprentices or trainees.

VRQA Board welcomes Penny Hutchinson as member

Ms Hutchinson brings extensive experience in arts and financial services leadership.

Our plan for the next two years

The VRQA Strategic Plan 2020–22 outlines our focus, in the context of recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19).