5. (1) The principal functions of the Board are—
(a) to accredit or register courses taught by recognised educational institutions;
(b) to approve, consistently with national agreements, recognised educational institutions for teaching vocational education courses;
(c) to establish guidelines for the development of courses by the Board or by a recognised educational institution;
(d) to establish principles and procedures for the assessment of attainments of students and the moderation of those assessments;
(e) to provide, to persons who have undertaken courses or units of courses, certificates and transcripts of their attainments;
(f) to provide information on—
(i) the performance of students and former students; and
(ii) the policies and procedures of the Board;
(g) to review from time to time its own operations and the operation of this Act; and
(h) to advise the Minister on any matter referred to in this section.
(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1) (a) the Board has the following additional functions:
(a) to establish guidelines for the accreditation of courses, including vocational education courses;
(b) to ensure, where appropriate, the application of national agreements in relation to the accreditation of vocational education and training courses;
(c) to identify the minimum resources necessary for the satisfactory provision of such courses as the Board determines.
(3) For the purposes of paragraph (1) (d) the Board has the following additional functions:
(a) to prepare guidelines and requirements for the assessment of students' attainments;
(b) to make arrangements for the administration by recognised educational institutions of the test known as the Australian Scaling Test, or such other test in lieu of the Australian Scaling Test as is approved by the Board;
(c) to develop and implement procedures for the moderation of students' assessments;
(d) to develop procedures for—
(i) the review by recognised educational institutions of the assessments of their students;
(ii) the review by the Board of procedures applied by a recognised educational institution in assessing a student or reviewing such an assessment; and
(iii) the review, by recognised educational institutions or by the Board, of disciplinary action taken by the institutions in connection with the assessment of a student.
(4) For the purposes of paragraph (1) (e) the Board has the following additional functions:
(a) to prepare guidelines for the issue of certificates of attainment;
(b) to make such arrangements as the Board deems fit to ensure to the greatest extent possible that certificates issued by the Board are recognised by employers and providers of further training or higher education;
(c) to consult with institutions that provide tertiary education or vocational education or training for the purpose of reviewing from time to time the effect of their requirements and procedures for the admission of students and to provide appropriate guidance to those institutions;
(d) to issue, consistently with national agreements, certificates or other evidence of the achievements of vocational education or training qualifications.
(5) For the purposes of paragraph (1) (f) the Board has the following additional functions:
(a) to collect and record information concerning the performances of students;
(b) to provide, to institutions that provide tertiary education or vocational education or training, information on applicants for admission to those institutions;
(c) to publicise the guidelines, requirements, procedures and standards for assessments, certification and accreditation used by the Board;
(d) to make available, as determined by the Board, statistical information concerning—
(i) senior secondary education in the Territory; and
(ii) the functions of the Board;
(e) where appropriate, to recognise secondary educational attainments obtained outside the Territory and provide statements of equivalence where requested.