Skills First is a commitment to a more managed training system, where training providers who have satisfied new rigorous quality standards will get access to Government funding to provide high quality, industry relevant training to Victorians.

Quality and continuous improvement is at the heart of the training and TAFE system; the VET Funding Contract is used to support training that meets the needs of individuals and industry, drives learning outcomes through expert judgment, and continuously seeks to lift the public’s trust in its abilities.

The Audit and Review program plays an important role in reinforcing the importance of quality training being delivered by training providers that hold a VET Funding Contract. The introduction of Performance Reviews and Quality Reviews have seen a shift in the focus of the audits conducted by the Department of Education and Training (DET), moving from financial and compliance to a holistic audit approach that also takes into account the quality of training being delivered.

Audits are conducted to ensure that registered training organisations (training providers) are fulfilling their contractual obligations with the Higher Education and Skills Group (HESG) and that group training organisations (GTOs) are meeting national standards for registration.

Contract Compliance Audits and Reviews

The Skills First quality-focused Audit and Review Strategy has been developed to assist training providers to understand the Skills First Audit and Review Program and to provide information on how to prepare for contract compliance audits.

See: Victoria Training Guarantee Contract Compliance Audit Strategy (Sept 2013) (pdf - 3.01mb)

See Documents at: Skills Victoria Training System (SVTS)

The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework Audits

The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework audits are conducted against the AQTF 2013 set of national standards and are the responsibility of either: