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EDUCATION AND TRAINING REFORM ACT 2006 - SECT 4.3.16

Decision about registration

    (1)     On an application for registration, the Authority may register the applicant as a training organisation on the National Register, or refuse to do so.

    (2)     In deciding the application, the Authority must apply the RTO standards.

S. 4.3.16(2A) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 15(1).

    (2A)     In deciding the application, the Authority must take into account—

        (a)     whether the applicant or a high managerial agent of the applicant—

              (i)     has ever become bankrupt or taken the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt debtors, or compounded with their creditors or made an assignment of their property for their benefit; or

              (ii)     has ever been a director of a company or body that has been wound up; or

              (iii)     has ever been disqualified from managing corporations under Part 2D.6 of the Corporations Act; or

        (b)     whether the applicant or a high managerial agent of the applicant has ever been convicted of—

S. 4.3.16
(2A)(b)(i) amended by Nos 31/2018 s. 34, 33/2020 s. 18(10).

              (i)     a category A offence; or

              (ii)     an offence that involves fraud or dishonesty; or

S. 4.3.16
(2A)(b)(iii) amended by No. 4/2017 s. 17(1)(a).

              (iii)     an offence against a Consumer Act within the meaning of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 or a law relating to company administration, including financial administration; or

              (iv)     an offence equivalent to an offence described in subparagraph (i), (ii) or (iii) in another jurisdiction; or

        (c)     whether the applicant or a high managerial agent of the applicant has ever had their registration under this Division suspended or cancelled; or

S. 4.3.16 (2A)(d) amended by No. 73/2012 s. 14(1).

        (d)     whether the applicant or a high managerial agent of the applicant has ever had conditions imposed on their registration under this Division during the registration period; or

S. 4.3.16 (2A)(e) inserted by No. 73/2012 s. 14(2).

        (e)     whether the applicant or a high managerial agent of the applicant has ever breached a government training contract.

S. 4.3.16(2B) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 30(1).

    (2B)     In deciding the application, the Authority must also take into account whether the applicant has an effective complaint handling process to handle complaints by past, current or prospective students if the applicant is required to have such a process under Part 4.6A.

Note

See Part 4.6A for what constitutes an effective complaint handling process.

    (3)     The Authority must not grant the application unless—

        (a)     on registration under the application, the applicant will not otherwise be registered as a training organisation by a registering body; and

        (b)     the Authority considers that the applicant's principal place of business is in Victoria or all or most of its operations will be conducted in Victoria; and

S. 4.3.16
(3)(ba) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 15(2).

        (ba)     the applicant has a clearly demonstrated capacity to provide vocational education and training of a satisfactory standard; and

S. 4.3.16
(3)(bb) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 26(1).

        (bb)     the Authority is satisfied that the applicant—

              (i)     has the principal purpose of providing education and training; or

Note

See subsection (4C) which allows applicants to provide certain prescribed ancillary services and not fall outside of having the principal purpose of providing education and training.

              (ii)     is a school that is registered under this Act; and

S. 4.3.16
(3)(bc) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 15(2).

        (bc)     the applicant has paid any fee fixed by the Minister in respect of the application; and

S. 4.3.16
(3)(bd) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 15(2).

        (bd)     the Authority is satisfied that any other criterion prescribed by the regulations has been complied with; and

S. 4.3.16
(3)(c) amended by No. 71/2010 s. 15(3).

        (c)     a compliance audit has been conducted of the applicant and the relevant premises (within the meaning of section 5.8.3B) from which the applicant proposes to operate that shows the applicant complies with the RTO standards (other than the legislative compliance standard).

S. 4.3.16(3A) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 30(2).

    (3A)     The Authority must not grant the application unless the Authority is satisfied that the applicant has an effective complaint handling process to handle complaints by past, current or prospective students if the applicant is required to have such a process under Part 4.6A.

Note

See Part 4.6A for what constitutes an effective complaint handling process.

    (4)     Subsection (3)(c) does not apply to an application if—

        (a)     the application is made by an RTO registered by another registering body; and

        (b)     the RTO has received a notice from the other registering body under a provision of a corresponding law corresponding to section 4.3.22; and

        (c)     the application does not ask for an amendment of the RTO's existing scope of registration or registered conditions.

S. 4.3.16(4A) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 26(2).

    (4A)     Despite subsection (3)(bb), the following persons or bodies are not required to have the principal purpose of providing education and training

        (a)     a University;

        (b)     a TAFE institute;

        (c)     an adult education institution;

        (d)     a school;

        (e)     a person or body receiving a grant subsidy or loan by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board (within the meaning of Part 3.3) in relation to the provision of adult, community and further education;

        (f)     a public sector body within the meaning of the Public Administration Act 2004 ;

        (g)     any department or public statutory authority of the Commonwealth or of another State or Territory;

        (h)     a prescribed person or body or person or body of a prescribed class of person or body;

              (i)     a person or body exempted by the Minister under subsection (4B) from the requirement to have the principal purpose of providing education and training under subsection (3)(bb).

S. 4.3.16(4B) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 26(2).

    (4B)     The Minister may grant an exemption to a person or body from the requirement to have the principal purpose of providing education and training under subsection (3)(bb) if—

        (a)     the person or body is a community based organisation; or

        (b)     the person or body provides education and training services on a not-for-profit basis; or

        (c)     the person or body provides education and training only to its staff members or staff members of related entities.

S. 4.3.16(4C) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 26(2).

    (4C)     For the purposes of subsection (3)(bb)(i), the principal purpose of providing education and training includes the provision of prescribed ancillary services to students.

S. 4.3.16(5) amended by No. 71/2010 ss 15(4), 30(3).

    (5)     Subsections (2), (2A), (2B), (3) and (3A) do not limit the grounds on which the Authority may decide not to grant the application.

S. 4.3.16(5A) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 15(5).

    (5A)     For the purposes of subsection (3)(c), section 4.3.25 applies as if the applicant were an RTO.

    (6)     The Authority may impose reasonable conditions on the registration of the training organisation to take effect for the period of registration.

    (7)     A condition imposed under subsection (6)—

        (a)     must apply for all jurisdictions (it can not be limited in effect to a particular place or jurisdiction); and

        (b)     must be consistent with this Act and the RTO standards.

    (8)     If the Authority decides to grant the application, the Authority must—

        (a)     register the applicant as a training organisation and the applicant's scope of registration; and

        (b)     if the Authority imposes a condition under subsection (6)—

              (i)     give the applicant a notice of the decision; and

              (ii)     register the condition for the applicant.

    (9)     The Authority must comply with subsection (8)—

        (a)     immediately after granting the application; or

S. 4.3.16(9)(b) amended by No. 71/2010 s. 15(6)(a).

        (b)     if the application is a transfer application mentioned in section 4.3.22, immediately after the existing registration of the training organisation is cancelled under section 4.3.24; or

S. 4.3.16(9)(c) inserted by No. 71/2010 s. 15(6)(b).

        (c)     if a condition is imposed during the registration period, immediately after the decision is made to impose the condition.

    (10)     If the Authority decides not to grant the application, the Authority must immediately give the applicant a notice of its decision.



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