Braithwaite to review ASQA legislation

The federal government has announced a review of the legislation underpinning the national training regulator.

Assistant Skills Minister Karen Andrews said she had appointed respected regulation expert Valerie Braithwaite to lead a review into the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act of 2011.

Ms Andrews said the review, to report at the end of the year, would determine whether the Australian Skills Quality Authority had “appropriate legislative capacity” to efficiently and effectively regulate the sector.

“The regulator must have powers to act swiftly to protect students, employers and the public against providers that don’t meet high quality standards,” she said.

Ms Andrews said the review would also evaluate whether ASQA’s functions and powers were consistent with “best regulatory practice”, and how well the system met the needs of industry and students.

Professor Braithwaite is well versed in vocational education matters, having served as a member of the National Skills Standards Council for three years. She also conducted a review of regulation in higher education in 2013, along with former University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Kwong Lee Dow.

She is a professor of regulatory studies in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University.

From the Australian – 8 June 2017