The department and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise information sharing between the two agencies. The MoU allows joint audits to be conducted of organisations or individuals where they are suspected of perpetrating immigration fraud or they fail to deliver quality education and training.
This joint action will contribute to quality assurance of the international education industry as well as maintaining high levels of integrity in the student visa program.
The MoU is a positive outcome in line with recommendations from the strategic review of the student visa program, the Knight Review, which recognised the need for cooperation between government agencies to facilitate information sharing and to inform evidence-based decision making.
The department is working closely with ASQA, as they are the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulate both courses and training providers to ensure that nationally consistent standards are met. This includes standards to be met by training providers who deliver training to international students.
More information about ASQA can be found on the ASQA website.