training quality blitz 12 months ago in Victoria, 62 Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) have been investigated and 18 training providers have had their contracts terminated.
Further, more than $41 million in Victorian taxpayer money has been earmarked for recovery and $9 million of funding is being withheld as investigations continue.
The Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert said that Victoria is “leading the country in stamping out rogue training providers”.
“We’re working to restore confidence to the training system prior to the introduction of a new funding system in 2017,” he said.
“The blitz has had a huge impact. It has led to us removing dodgy training providers from the system and has helped restore confidence in VET training.”
The blitz was started in 2015 following the Government’s Review of Quality Assurance in Victoria’s VET system.
Apart from the blitz, the Labor Government is investing $30 million over three years which they say will "boost quality assurance, including closer scrutiny of high-risk providers and greater control and oversight in the use of third party training providers".
In January this year, the Andrews Government introduced new, tougher contracts for training providers.
The new contracts mean that anyone involved in the management of a training organisation that has their contract cancelled by the Department or the regulator will not be able to be involved in another training company that receives state Government funding.
As part of the blitz, the Department of Education and Training now names providers who have had their contract terminated on its website.
The training organisations who have had their contracts terminated by the state government are:
Management Institute of Australia No. 2
Waterford College Pty Ltd
Education Access (Australia) Pty Ltd
Australian Management Academy
Sher-E-Punjab Pty Ltd (Trading as South Pacific Institute)
Australian Learning Training and Education Centre
AVETA - Australian Vocational Education & Training Academy
National Training Centre of Australia Pty Ltd
Smart Connection Company P/L Smart Connection Training
Centre of Vocational Education P/L Cove Training
G2 Training P/L My Industry Support Services/Transport
Earthmoving and Construction Training Solutions
True Blue Mates
Since the $9million