Australian Skills Quality Authority requires Gurkhas Institute to enhance monitoring of overseas students

AUSTRALIA’S vocational education watchdog has slapped a raft of conditions on a Hobart training organisation after initially cancelling its registration.

In May, the Australian Skills Quality Authority cancelled the Gurkhas Institute’s registration to provide vocational education and training (VET), including to overseas students, for alleged non-compliance.


The organisation, which trades as the Royal Gurkhas Institute of Technology Australia and Gurkhas Institute of Hospitality & Management, has a campus on Macquarie St in Hobart.

It sought a review of ASQA’s decisions in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

As part of that process, the Gurkhas Institute provided extra information and evidence which demonstrated many of the concerns had been fixed, ASQA said.

ASQA also inspected the Gurkhas’ Hobart campus and collected further information.

It subsequently agreed the cancellation should be set aside on the condition that Gurkhas Institute agreed to a range of data retention and reporting conditions.

These conditions include:

Quarterly data reporting enhanced monitoring and recording of overseas students’ attendance;

Retention of student assessments for 12 months after the student is issued with a qualification;

Maintenance of a register of workplaces used to deliver training and assessment; and

A register of student complaints.

ASQA chief commissioner Mark Paterson said he was pleased with the outcome.

“ASQA took the decision to cancel this provider’s registration because it had serious concerns about the quality of the training and assessment being provided to learners,” he said.

“As the AAT review process allows, the provider has now demonstrated that it has remedied many of the concerns we had and the additional data retention and reporting conditions placed on its scope of registration will allow ASQA to closely scrutinise Gurkhas’ activities going forward.”

Gurkhas is no longer offering training under VET FEE-HELP or its successor, VET Student Loans.

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