Training provider deregistered after regulatory scrutiny

by L&D05 Aug 2016
The Australian Institute of Commerce and Technology (AICT) in Western Australia has had their registration cancelled by the national regulator following “comprehensive regulatory scrutiny”.

Registered as "Hands on Computer Training", the organisation has been issued a “cease and desist” notice by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

The notice is for them to immediately stop providing training and issuing qualifications that it is not registered to offer.

AICT was not registered to deliver some of the training that it had been issuing qualifications for over 2015 and 2016, according to ASQA Chief Commissioner Chris Robinson.

“ASQA also contends that the provider has not operated consistently with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework - which all registered training organisations are required to satisfy as a condition of registration - for the qualifications it is registered to offer,” he said.

“Arrangements have been put in place to ensure students can transfer to a legitimate training provider to complete their studies."

Robinson added that the authority has been working with the Australian and Western Australian governments, and the organisations who are involved to minimise disruption to the affected students.

The decision by ASQA will take effect from 5 September 2016, and AICT is able to seek a review of ASQA’s decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

The training organisation has been providing VET to international and domestic students in Western Australia. It also holds affiliations and partnerships with more than 100 companies throughout Perth.

The AICT’s Chief Executive Officer Hong Fu said in a statement that AICT is committed to its students and their welfare.

“AICT is presently seeking legal advice in order to make an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for a review and stay of the recent decision made by ASQA,” he said.

“AICT remains determined to satisfactorily resolve the current situation as soon as possible and provide the best outcome for the students.

“AICT’s mission has been and remains to provide innovative training in Information Technology, Business and English.

“AICT intends to apply to the AAT for a review and stay of the recent ASQA decisions.

“AICT has 28 days from 1 August 2016 to make the application to the AAT. On the basis that the AAT grants a stay of ASQA’s decisions, AICT’s registration as an RTO will continue until the final hearing and determination of AICT’s review application.

“As such, AICT advises that presently our registration as an RTO remains current.

“Updated information for students will be distributed in coming days. In the meantime, AICT invites any concerned students to direct any questions to our head office via email at studentservices@aict.wa.edu.au and we will endeavour to respond as soon as we are able.”

L&D Professional contacted the AICT for comment.
 

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