The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training undertakes compliance audits against the departmental funding programs outlined in the Annual VET Investment Plan, including User Choice, Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills, to determine if the pre-qualified supplier is satisfactorily addressing the requirements of its PQS agreement.
By entering into a PQS agreement, the supplier commits to meet its obligations for compliance including:
- being responsible for establishing and implementing controls to assist in maintaining compliance
- being responsible for the maintenance and preparation of any audit evidence requested by the department
- providing the department and its auditors with access to all information requested for the purpose of conducting an audit and/or confirming compliance.
Queensland VET Quality Framework - Strategic audit plan 2018-2021
The Strategic audit plan 2018–2021 (PDF, 229 KB) sets out to advance the Queensland VET Quality Framework through a renewed focus on pre-qualified supplier contract compliance and performance. The plan outlines the key priorities, service values and focus areas that underpin this assurance of PQS compliance with Queensland contractual requirements, which in turn, will support continuous improvement in the quality of VET offered to Queenslanders.
Ongoing compliance audits are conducted throughout the year. Please refer to the evidence requirements below for information on how to assist your organisation in addressing compliance.
User Choice Programs – Pre-qualified supplier audit evidence requirements (v6.1, Aug 2018) (PDF, 783 KB) – effective 6 August 2018.
VET Investment Programs – Pre-qualified supplier audit evidence requirements (v5.1, Aug 2018) (PDF, 856 KB) – effective 6 August 2018.
For a list of changes from the last version of the evidence requirements, please refer to VET Investment and User Choice evidence requirement changes 2018–19 (PDF, 525 KB) – effective 6 August 2018.
Read frequently asked questions to learn more about the evidence requirements.
Historical evidence requirements
Compliance audit templates
To allow for transparency within the audit process, pre-qualified suppliers are provided with a copy of the audit report template related to the program being audited as well as a copy of the Verification of PQS audit fieldwork document when a notification of compliance audit is issued.
- PQS compliance audit report (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- Verification of PQS audit fieldwork form (PDF, 394 KB)
- Pre-qualified supplier (PQS) audit - audit evaluation form (PDF, 241 KB)
Compliance audit webinars
Our webinar recordings, transcripts and frequently asked questions provide pre-qualified suppliers with more information on PQS compliance, the audit process and what auditors are looking for when conducting audits.
We are currently reviewing our compliance audit webinars. These will be available soon so please keep watching this space.