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Tips for Passing Your Initial RTO Registration Audit

RTO registrat audits
RTO registrat audits

The reality of setting up an RTO is that the process is complex. The registration application alone can take months to prepare for, and getting tips on passing your initial RTO registration audit is critical. Going about everything properly and efficiently is in the best interest of your business. The following are some vital points for understanding and preparing for your initial RTO registration audit.


ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) is the main regulator throughout Australia. ASQA manages RTOs providing programs throughout Australia’s states and territories and online and also includes The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) programs catering to international students. In Western Australia or Victoria, the Training Accreditation Council (TAC) coordinates RTOs based in these regions. The Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority (VRQA) supervises RTOs based in Victoria or Western Australia.

As per the above, you should visit the appropriate regulator's websites to learn all about their requirements. Especially the VET Quality Framework:

  • the Fit and Proper Person Requirements,

  • the Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements,

  • the Data Provision Requirements,

  • the Australian Qualifications Framework.

  • Familiarizing yourself with the directives and rules of the Standards for RTOs 2015 and the VET Quality Framework is essential to becoming an RTO.


ASQA and TAC need you to meet the financial viability risk assessment for your leadoff registration. They both have directions and instructions to guide you in preparing what they look for in determining your eligibility. Some elements required to adequately demonstrate your eligibility are a business plan and details of your financial forecast and history. They can then determine whether you can achieve the stipulations of the Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements 2011, as well as the capability of your business to help students complete training with your RTO and your business's ability to survive financially.


A completed and thorough business plan provides you with the essential information and structure to guarantee your RTO's prosperity. Like any other small business, it is essential to establish some critical points from the onset. The key to a successful business is understanding your target market, identifying what makes you unique, and developing a service that matches the needs of those who buy from you. A proper plan will impress upon the regulators that you have contemplated and calculated your business goals and how to achieve them.


The next step is to evaluate where you will get your training and assessment resources from. You can create these yourself or purchase them from a valid supplier. Many sources claim to be authentic and comply with regulations, but that's not always necessarily true. An RTO's success largely hinges on the availability of relevant compliance and training resources, as these are essential to qualifying for being approved. To successfully register your RTO, you must have all training and assessment resources required for every course and product that will be taught. This is an essential part of your overall RTO setup.


If you do not feel confident or comfortable organising your business plan and registration on your own, choosing to work with an RTO consultant is a great idea. A good consultant should have experience with running and managing RTOs so they can address the issues when setting up an RTO. A consulting company that specialises in this area will be well-equipped to handle any issue that may come their way as a result of working on such projects; however, it is essential for consultants not only to understand how these projects work but also what goes into getting one started because there are many factors involved.

At RTO Intelligence, we have extensive experience running and managing RTO to assist you with your initial RTO registration. Get in touch to discuss your Initial Registration Audit today at 1300 833 424 or email

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