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Joint agreement between Australia and Singapore VET Regulators


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Deputy Leader of the House

Vocational Education and Skills Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, today welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and the Council for Private Education (CPE) in Singapore.

Mr Hartsuyker said the MoU would provide the foundation for the two regulators to work together to ensure those undertaking formal Australian vocational qualifications in Singapore would receive high quality training and assessment.

ASQA is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector while CPE was established in December 2009 to regulate the private education industry in Singapore.

“Australia’s vocational education sector has an international reputation for delivering high quality training and assessment which ensures that its students have the skills and experience that employers want and need,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Many Australian registered training organisations (RTOs) deliver training and assessment for formal Australian qualifications in countries across the world, especially in Asia.”

“As well as regulating onshore delivery, ASQA is empowered to ensure that all training delivered offshore meets the same high standards thus protecting and enhancing Australia’s international reputation.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the Australian Government had provided an additional $68 million in funding as well as enhanced powers to ensure ASQA could identify and respond to issues impacting the quality of training and assessment being offered by RTOs.

Chief Executive of CPE, Brandon Lee, said the two organisations would exchange information and share good practices and research in regulation and quality assurance, as well as initiate staff development exchanges.

“CPE shares a similar mission with ASQA to regulate and ensure that private higher education providers here in Singapore meet our quality standards,” Mr Lee said.

“Through this partnership, we hope to exchange ideas and experiences on regulatory approaches and quality assurance, and have greater insight into the developing trends of the sectors in both of our countries.”

The MoU with CPE is the second such agreement ASQA has formalised this year, with Chief Commissioner Chris Robinson signing an MoU with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) in July.