Higher Education Support Act 2003
See section 6-1 .
The Minister may require a *VET provider to be audited:
(a) about compliance with any or all of the following requirements:
(i) the *VET financial viability requirements;
(ii) the *VET fairness requirements;
(iii) the *VET compliance requirements;
(iv) the *VET fee requirements;
(v) other requirements for VET quality and accountability set out in the *VET Guidelines; or
(b) about any or all of the following matters relating to *VET courses of study provided by the VET provider:
(i) the approaches used to recruit or enrol students (or potential students) of those courses who receive (or who could receive) *VET FEE-HELP assistance for *VET units of study forming part of those courses;
(ii) the veracity of enrolments in those courses of students who receive VET FEE-HELP assistance for VET units of study forming part of those courses;
(iii) the level of teaching resources, or the quality of those resources, for any of those courses;
(iv) the level of engagement in any of those courses of students who receive VET FEE-HELP assistance for VET units of study forming part of those courses;
(v) the completion rates for any of those courses of students who receive VET FEE-HELP assistance for VET units of study forming part of those courses.
[ CCH Note: No 168 of 2015, s 3 and Sch 1 item 24(3A) provides that para (b) is applicable to matters happening before, on or after 1 January 2016, to the extent that those matters are relevant to VET courses of study provided wholly or partly on or after 1 January 2016.
When auditing a VET provider about a 2016 VET course of study, the audit could look at:
(a) any approaches used in 2015 for recruiting students to the 2016 course; or (b) teaching resources, student engagement or completion rates for the corresponding course provided in 2015.]
The audit must be conducted:
(a) by a body determined in writing by the Minister; and
(b) at such time or times, and in such manner, as the Minister requires. 26(2A)
To avoid doubt, if the Minister makes a determination under subclause (2) in relation to the *National VET Regulator, the determination is not a direction for the purpose of subsection 160(2) of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 .
The provider must:
(a) fully co-operate with the auditing body in the course of its audit; and
(b) pay to the auditing body and charges payable for such an audit. 26(4)
A determination made under paragraph (2)(a) is not a legislative instrument.