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 2017-18 (PDF, 538KB) – effective 26 March 2018.
frequently asked questions to learn more about the evidence requirements.
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.
Compliance audit webinars
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.
Disclaimer: The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training was recently established. Publications will be updated with its new name in the future.