The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training undertakes compliance audits against the departmental funding programs outlined in the
Annual VET Investment Plan, including User Choice, Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills, to determine if the pre-qualified supplier is satisfactorily addressing the requirements of its PQS agreement.
By entering into a PQS agreement, the supplier commits to meet its obligations for compliance including:
- being responsible for establishing and implementing controls to assist in maintaining compliance
- being responsible for the maintenance and preparation of any audit evidence requested by the department
- providing the department and its auditors with access to all information requested for the purpose of conducting an audit and/or confirming compliance.
Ongoing compliance audits are conducted throughout the year. Please refer to the evidence requirements below for information on how to assist your organisation in addressing compliance.
For a list of changes from the last version of the evidence requirements, please refer to
VET Investment and User Choice evidence requirement changes 2018–19 (PDF, 525KB) – effective 6 August 2018.
frequently asked questions to learn more about the evidence requirements.
Historical evidence requirements
Access evidence requirements for User Choice and VET Investment programs from previous financial years.
Compliance audit templates
To allow for transparency within the audit process, pre-qualified suppliers are provided with a copy of the audit report template related to the program being audited as well as a copy of the Validation of Opening and Exit Interview document when a notification of compliance audit is issued.
We are currently reviewing our compliance audit templates with a view to streamlining the compliance audit process and increasing transparency. Expected soon is a revised PQS Compliance Audit Report Template, among other changes. As changes and updates happen, we will notify you via Contract Connector.
Compliance audit webinars
Our webinar recordings, transcripts and frequently asked questions provide pre-qualified suppliers with more information on PQS compliance, the audit process and what auditors are looking for when conducting audits.
We are currently reviewing our compliance audit webinars. These will be available soon so please keep watching this space.
Disclaimer: The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training was recently established. Publications will be updated with its new name in the future.