RTO/CRICOS Compliance

RTO/CRICOS Compliance

Registered Training Organisations (RTO) need a unique approach to provide services to their identified cohort. Every RTO has a different curriculum, delivery mode and other services according to the needs of their identified learners.

There are further legal compliances and requirements for an RTO to register on Commonwealth Register of Institution and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), to extend its services to international students.

We understand that it is a complex nexus of legal requirements which RTOs need to comply with for initial registration, CRICOS registration and ongoing compliance to reregister and avoid disciplinary actions by Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

To become a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), an organisation needs to apply for registration to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). The organisation needs to be aware of several regulations and legal requirements required to be satisfied to become an RTO.

To be successful, the initial application requires to comply with a complex legal framework, which includes:

  • Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015
  • Australian Qualifications Framework
  • Fit and Proper Person Requirements
  • Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements 2011
  • Data Provision Requirements 2012.

Not all RTOs are eligible to provide services to the international students. To provide your services to the international students, an RTO required to as a Commonwealth Register of Institution and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider.

In addition to the requirements needed to become an RTO, the organisations need to comply with following legal framework to become a CRICOS provider:

To be successful, the initial application requires to comply with a complex legal framework, which includes:

  • the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act)
  • the Education Services for Overseas Students Regulations 2001 (ESOS Regulations)
  • the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (the National Code)
  • obligatory payments to the Tuition Protection Service (TPS)
  • cooperation with ASQA—including compliance with general directions and cooperation with compliance monitoring activity

Our Assistance

Our lawyers understand the legal requirements better than the consultants without any legal background or experience. To be successful in your initial registration, CRICOS registration, ongoing compliance and/or to contest a refusal, cancellation, or any other disciplinary action by ASQA, you require to be 100% legally compliant organisation. Our team of dedicated legal professionals endeavour to assist you in achieving successful outcome.

We can assist you in the following:

  • Contesting ASQA decisions to cancel, suspend or refuse application to reregister;
  • Merits review in Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and/or the Federal Court of Australia;
  • Breaches of legal requirements;
  • Initial registration application;
  • CRICOS registration application;
  • Assistance in ongoing compliance;
  • Assisting in the ASQA Audits;
  • Assistance in acquiring resources for your application or ongoing compliance;
  • VET FEE-HELP funding agreements;
  • Selling or Buying the RTO