To be eligible to deliver training and assessment services subsidised by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training through one of its VET Investment budget funded programs, a registered training organisation (RTO) must have Skills Assure supplier (SAS) status.
SAS status, if approved by the department:
- is granted for particular publicly funded programs and identified qualifications
- may be subject to conditions
- is subject to finite contractual timelines.
Note: User Choice SAS are RTOs that the Queensland Government approves to deliver publicly funded training and assessment services to apprentices and trainees.
SAS status is granted to successful applicants for the duration of the period specified in letters of authority, unless otherwise advised by the department.
Applications are closed for SAS status, opening for new entrants in September 2020. Information on the new SAS application process will be published at this time.
The Skills Assure initiative, announced as part of the Skills for Queensland - Great training for quality jobs strategy, will strengthen the quality of vocational education and training (VET) in Queensland.
How to apply
Please note SAS applications will open in September 2020.
To apply, RTOs must complete and submit a SAS application through the department's Purchasing Online (POL) system for the funding program they are seeking to deliver i.e. Queensland VET Investment (Certificate 3 Guarantee/Higher Level Skills) or User Choice.
RTOs are required to nominate the qualification(s) they intend to deliver under the relevant funded program:
- If applying for Queensland VET Investment, the relevant qualifications for delivery in Queensland are available on the Priority Skills List.
- If applying for User Choice, the relevant qualifications for delivery in Queensland are available on the User Choice price list.
Please note that some qualifications in Queensland are restricted, meaning that no RTO can apply to deliver them. To find out which qualifications are restricted, please refer to the restricted qualifications information on the Priority Skills List and the User Choice funding and pricing.
As part of their application, RTOs must familiarise themselves with the contents of the SAS policy, specific program policies, and the Skills Assure Supplier Agreement (the Agreement) for the relevant programs. These are located on the relevant funded program pages, with copies of the Agreements located below.
Application evaluation process
Assessment of SAS applications takes into consideration several factors including, but not limited to, the following:
- the accuracy of responses to the application questions
- the RTO's previous training and assessment activity in Queensland
- financial viability of the RTO, determined through an externally conducted assessment
- the RTO's compliance history in Queensland and nationally
- the RTO's subcontracting arrangements
- employer and industry linkages in Queensland, as provided by the RTO.
The department retains the right to conduct any other investigations as necessary and seek further information as required.
The SAS evaluation and assessment process is expected to take up to 12 weeks from the date the department receives all required documents and information from the RTO.
SAS status is only granted upon approval of an RTO's application and subsequent execution of the Agreement (for the relevant funding program) by the department.
Applicants will be notified in writing of the department's decision.
Successful applicants will be advised on their letter of authority to commence delivery against the approved qualifications and receive an executed Agreement for their records.
The department will publish information about SAS and their approved qualification(s) on the Queensland Skills Gateway.
Any training and assessment services delivered prior to the period specified on the letter of authority cannot be claimed for, or receive payment for, under the Agreement.
Operating as a SAS
SAS can commence using the Skills Assure logo and delivering services in accordance with the terms and conditions of their SAS approval, and in accordance with the relevant SAS and program policies and the Agreement.
Individuals undertaking subsidised training must meet the eligibility requirements of the approved funding program(s).
There are no application fees or annual registration fees directly associated with the SAS system.
Professional development opportunities to support suppliers to deliver quality vocational education and training will also be implemented by the department. SAS are encouraged to participate in available sessions to support their staff and gain a greater understanding of the program policies and agreements.
Key 2020–21 SAS documents
Queensland VET Investment programs
- Skills Assure supplier policy 2020–21 (PDF, 322KB) or (DOCX, 142KB) – effective 1 July 2020
- Copy of the Skills Assure Supplier Agreement (for Queensland VET Investment programs) – Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills (PDF, 547KB)
- Registered training organisation (RTO) User Choice Skills Assure supplier policy 2020–21 (PDF, 212KB) or (DOCX, 107KB) – effective 1 July 2020
- Copy of the Skills Assure Supplier Agreement (for User Choice) (PDF, 542KB)