About the National Standards for group training organisations
The National Standards for group training organisations (PDF, 188KB) provide a formal framework that promotes national consistency and quality for the provision of group training services across Australia.
On 24 May 2002, the Australian National Training Authority Ministerial Council (now the COAG Industry and Skills Council) endorsed the National Standards as the quality arrangements in each state and territory for group training organisations (GTOs) seeking government funding. In 2004, a review of the National Standards was undertaken and some minor changes were made which became effective from 1 January 2006.
The National Standards:
- provide the framework for a nationally consistent, robust, group training service brand
- assist GTOs to monitor and improve their organisation's strategic, operational, financial planning, and performance
- provide federal, state and territory governments with a consistent basis for the recognition, support and monitoring of GTOs.
The Department of Education, Training and Employment has extended the requirement that all recognised GTOs in Queensland must be compliant against the National Standards, whether or not the organisations are seeking, or receiving, Joint Group Training Program funding and/or Commonwealth or State Government's group training targeted program funding or incentives.
Further information and requirements of the Queensland audit arrangements can be found on the Group training organisation audits page.