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NATIONAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING REGULATOR ACT 2011


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART 1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 1--Preliminary

   1.      Short title  
   2.      Commencement  
   2A.     Objects  

           Division 2--Definitions

   3.      Definitions  

           Division 3--Constitutional basis for this Act and the Transitional Act

   4.      Constitutional basis for this Act and the Transitional Act  
   5.      Meaning of referring State  
   6.      Meaning of referred VET matters  
   7.      Meaning of non-referring State  
   8.      When application of this Act takes effect  
   9.      Immunity from State and Territory laws  
   10.     When this Act does not apply--exclusion by a law of a referring State or a Territory  
   11.     Addressing inconsistency between Commonwealth and State and Territory laws  

           Division 4--General application of this Act and the Transitional Act

   12.     Acts bind the Crown  
   13.     Acts not to apply so as to exceed Commonwealth power  
   14.     Extension of Acts to external Territories  
   15.     Extra-territorial application  

   PART 2--REGISTRATION

           Division 1--Registering as an NVR registered training organisation

              Subdivision A--Applying for registration

   16.     Application for registration  
   17.     Registration  
   18.     National VET Regulator to notify applicant of decision on registration  
   19.     National VET Regulator to issue certificate of registration  
   20.     Commencement and duration of registration  

              Subdivision B--Conditions of registration

   21.     Complying with conditions  
   22.     Condition--compliance with the VET Quality Framework  
   23.     Condition--satisfying Fit and Proper Person Requirements  
   24.     Condition--satisfying the Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements  
   24A.    Condition--complying with student assistance laws  
   25.     Condition--notifying National VET Regulator of material changes  
   26.     Condition--other information must be provided  
   27.     Condition--cooperation  
   28.     Condition--compliance with directions given by the National VET Regulator  
   29.     Other conditions  
   30.     National VET Regulator to notify NVR registered training organisation of change in conditions of registration  

              Subdivision C--Renewing registration

   31.     Renewal of registration  

           Division 2--Changing the scope of registration

   32.     Application for change of scope of registration  
   33.     Change of scope of registration  
   34.     National VET Regulator to notify applicant of decision on change of scope of registration  

           Division 3--Ensuring compliance with the VET Quality Framework

              Subdivision A--Audits

   35.     Audits  

              Subdivision AA--Directions to rectify breaches of conditions

   35A.    Directions to rectify breaches of conditions  

              Subdivision B--Administrative sanctions

   36.     Sanctions  
   37.     Natural justice requirements  
   38.     Suspension  
   39.     Cancellation  
   40.     Other enforcement action  

           Division 4--Requests for reassessment

   41.     Requests for reassessment  

           Division 5--Withdrawing registration

   42.     Withdrawing registration  

   PART 3--ACCREDITATION OF COURSES

           Division 1--Applying for accreditation

   43.     Application for accreditation  
   44.     Accreditation of course  
   45.     National VET Regulator to notify applicant of decision on accreditation of course  
   46.     Commencement and duration of accreditation  

           Division 2--Conditions of accreditation

   47.     Complying with conditions  
   48.     Conditions  
   49.     National VET Regulator to notify relevant person of change in conditions of accreditation  

           Division 3--Renewing accreditation

   50.     Renewal of accreditation  

           Division 4--Amending VET accredited courses

   51.     Amending VET accredited courses  

           Division 5--Cancelling accreditation

   52.     Cancelling accreditation  
   53.     National VET Regulator to notify relevant persons of proposed cancellation  
   54.     When cancellation takes effect  

   PART 4--NATIONAL VET REGULATOR'S POWER TO ISSUE AND CANCEL VET QUALIFICATIONS ETC.

           Division 1--Issue of VET qualifications and VET statements of attainment

   55.     National VET Regulator may issue VET qualifications and VET statements of attainment  

           Division 2--Cancellation of VET qualifications and VET statements of attainment

              Subdivision A--Cancellation

   56.     National VET Regulator may cancel VET qualifications and VET statements of attainment  
   57.     National VET Regulator to notify person concerned of proposed cancellation  
   58.     National VET Regulator's consideration of response  
   59.     When cancellation takes effect  

              Subdivision B--Civil penalties

   60.     Civil penalty--failure to return VET qualification or VET statement of attainment  
   61.     Civil penalty--use of cancelled VET qualification or VET statement of attainment  

   PART 5--INVESTIGATIVE POWERS

           Division 1--Requiring people to give information and produce documents or things

              Subdivision A--Requests by National VET Regulator

   62.     Requests for information, documents or things  
   63.     National VET Regulator may retain documents and things  

              Subdivision B--Offence and related provisions

   64.     Failure to comply with National VET Regulator's request  
   65.     Self-incrimination etc.  

           Division 2--Searches of premises

              Subdivision A--Exercising monitoring or enforcement powers

   66.     Authorised officer may enter premises by consent or under a warrant  
   67.     Monitoring powers of authorised officers  
   68.     Enforcement powers of authorised officers  
   69.     Persons assisting authorised officers  
   70.     Use of force in executing a warrant  
   71.     Authorised officer may ask questions and seek production of documents  

              Subdivision B--Obligations and incidental powers of authorised officers

   72.     Consent  
   73.     Announcement before entry under warrant  
   74.     Authorised officer to be in possession of warrant  
   75.     Details of warrant etc. to be given to occupier  
   76.     Expert assistance to operate electronic equipment  
   77.     Compensation for damage to electronic equipment  

              Subdivision C--Occupier's rights and responsibilities

   78.     Occupier entitled to observe execution of warrant  
   79.     Occupier to provide authorised officer with facilities and assistance  

              Subdivision D--General provisions relating to seizure

   80.     Copies of seized things to be provided  
   81.     Receipts for things seized  
   82.     Return of seized things  
   83.     Issuing officer may permit a thing to be retained  
   84.     Disposal of things  

              Subdivision E--Warrants

   85.     Monitoring warrants  
   86.     Issue of enforcement warrants  
   87.     Enforcement warrants by telephone, fax etc.  
   88.     Offence relating to warrants by telephone, fax etc.  

              Subdivision F--Appointment of authorised officers and issue of identity cards

   89.     Appointment of authorised officers  
   90.     Identity cards  

              Subdivision G--Powers of issuing officers

   91.     Federal Circuit Court Judges--consent to nomination  
   92.     Issuing officers--personal capacity  

   PART 6--ENFORCEMENT

           Division 1--Offences and civil penalty provisions

              Subdivision A--Conduct by NVR registered training organisations

   93.     Offence--providing all or part of VET course outside scope of registration  
   94.     Civil penalty--providing all or part of VET course outside scope of registration  
   95.     Offence--issuing VET qualification outside scope of registration  
   96.     Civil penalty--issuing VET qualification outside scope of registration  
   97.     Offence--issuing VET statement of attainment outside scope of registration  
   98.     Civil penalty--issuing VET statement of attainment outside scope of registration  
   99.     Offence--advertising all or part of VET course outside scope of registration  
   100.    Civil penalty--advertising all or part of VET course outside scope of registration  
   101.    Offence--certain conduct prohibited while scope of registration suspended  
   102.    Civil penalty--certain conduct prohibited while scope of registration suspended  
   103.    Offence--issuing VET qualification without providing adequate assessment  
   104.    Civil penalty--issuing VET qualification without providing adequate assessment  
   105.    Offence--issuing VET statement of attainment without providing adequate assessment  
   106.    Civil penalty--issuing VET statement of attainment without providing adequate assessment  
   107.    Offence--issuing VET qualification without ensuring student satisfied requirements  
   108.    Civil penalty--issuing VET qualification without ensuring student satisfied requirements  
   109.    Offence--issuing VET statement of attainment without ensuring student satisfied requirements  
   110.    Civil penalty--issuing VET statement of attainment without ensuring student satisfied requirements  
   111.    Civil penalty--breach of condition of registration  
   112.    Civil penalty--failure to return certificate of registration  
   113.    Geographical jurisdiction  

              Subdivision B--Conduct that is prohibited if not an NVR registered training organisation

   114.    Offence--falsely claiming to be an NVR registered training organisation  
   115.    Civil penalty--falsely claiming to be an NVR registered training organisation  
   116.    Offence--providing, or offering to provide, all or part of a VET course without registration  
   117.    Civil penalty--providing, or offering to provide, all or part of a VET course without registration  
   118.    Offence--issuing VET qualification  
   119.    Civil penalty--issuing VET qualification  
   120.    Offence--issuing VET statement of attainment  
   121.    Civil penalty--issuing VET statement of attainment  

              Subdivision C--Other prohibited conduct

   122.    Offence--making false or misleading representation in advertisement  
   123.    Civil penalty--making false or misleading representation in advertisement  
   123A.   Offence--advertising or offering VET course without identifying issuer of VET qualification or statement of attainment  
   123B.   Civil penalty--advertising or offering VET course without identifying issuer of VET qualification or statement of attainment  
   124.    Offence--making false or misleading representation relating to VET course or VET qualification  
   125.    Civil penalty--making false or misleading representation relating to VET course or VET qualification  
   126.    Offence--purporting to issue VET qualification  
   127.    Civil penalty--purporting to issue VET qualification  
   128.    Offence--purporting to issue VET statement of attainment  
   129.    Civil penalty--purporting to issue VET statement of attainment  
   130.    Civil penalty--breach of condition of accreditation  
   131.    Civil penalty--using a bogus VET qualification or VET statement of attainment  
   132.    Geographical jurisdiction  

              Subdivision D--Executive officers

   133.    Personal liability of an executive officer of a registered training organisation--general  
   133A.   Personal liability of an executive officer of a registered training organisation--offences covered  
   134.    Reasonable steps to prevent offence or contravention  

              Subdivision E--Partnerships

   135.    Liability of partners in partnerships  

              Subdivision F--Unincorporated associations

   136.    Liability of members of unincorporated associations  

           Division 2--Civil penalty proceedings

              Subdivision A--Obtaining an order for a civil penalty

   137.    Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court may impose pecuniary penalty  
   138.    Involvement in contravening civil penalty provision  
   139.    Recovery of a pecuniary penalty  
   140.    Gathering information for application for pecuniary penalty  
   141.    Continuing and multiple contraventions of civil penalty provisions  

              Subdivision B--Civil penalty proceedings and criminal proceedings

   142.    Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings  
   143.    Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings  
   144.    Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings  
   145.    Evidence given in proceedings for civil penalty not admissible in criminal proceedings  

           Division 3--Enforceable undertakings

   146.    Acceptance of undertakings  
   147.    Enforcement of undertakings  

           Division 4--Infringement notices

   148.    Infringement notices in respect of offences  
   149.    Infringement notices in respect of civil penalty provisions  

           Division 5--Injunctions

   150.    Injunctions  
   151.    Interim injunctions  
   152.    Discharge etc. of injunctions  
   153.    Certain limits on granting injunctions not to apply  
   154.    Other powers of the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court unaffected  

   PART 7--NATIONAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING REGULATOR

           Division 1--Establishment, functions and powers of Regulator

   155.    Establishment  
   156.    Constitution  
   156A.   Application of the finance law  
   157.    Functions of the National VET Regulator  
   158.    Financial Viability Risk Assessment Requirements  
   159.    Independence of the National VET Regulator  
   160.    Minister may give directions to the National VET Regulator  
   161.    National VET Regulator has privileges and immunities of the Crown  

           Division 2--Appointment of Commissioners

   162.    Appointment  
   163.    Term of appointment  
   164.    Remuneration and allowances  
   165.    Leave of absence  
   166.    Outside employment  
   167.    Disclosure of interests  
   168.    Other terms and conditions  
   169.    Resignation  
   170.    Termination of appointment  
   171.    Acting Chief Commissioner  
   172.    Acting Commissioners  

           Division 3--National VET Regulator procedures

              Subdivision A--Meetings

   173.    Times and places of meetings  
   174.    Conduct of meetings  

              Subdivision B--Decisions without meetings

   176.    Decisions without meetings  
   177.    Record of decisions  

           Division 4--Ensuring compliance with the Standards for VET Regulators

   178.    National VET Regulator to cooperate with assessments  

           Division 5--Chief Executive Officer

   179.    Chief Executive Officer  
   180.    Functions and powers of the Chief Executive Officer  
   181.    Minister may give directions to Chief Executive Officer  

           Division 6--Staff and consultants

   182.    Staff  
   183.    Staff to be made available to the National VET Regulator  
   184.    Consultants  

   PART 8--COMMONWEALTH-STATE ARRANGEMENTS

           Division 1--Role of Ministerial Council

              Subdivision A--NVR registered training organisations

   185.    Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations  
   186.    Fit and Proper Person Requirements  
   187.    Data Provision Requirements  

              Subdivision B--VET accredited courses

   188.    Standards for VET Accredited Courses  

              Subdivision C--VET Regulators

   189.    Standards for VET Regulators  
   190.    Risk Assessment Framework  

              Subdivision D--Miscellaneous

   191.    How the Ministerial Council gives agreement  
   191A.   Adopting matters contained in other instruments as in force from time to time  

           Division 2--Conferral of functions and powers by State law

              Subdivision A--Conferral of functions and powers

   192.    Commonwealth consent to conferral of functions etc. on the National VET Regulator by corresponding State laws  
   193.    Meaning of imposes a duty  
   194.    When duty imposed  
   195.    Duty imposed by corresponding State law applying Commonwealth law  

              Subdivision B--Jurisdiction of federal courts

   196.    Conferral of jurisdiction on federal courts  

              Subdivision C--Administrative decisions

   197.    Review of certain decisions under State laws  

              Subdivision D--Application to the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory

   198.    Application to the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory  

   PART 9--ADMINISTRATIVE LAW MATTERS

           Division 1--Review of decisions

   199.    Reviewable decisions  
   200.    Applications for reconsideration of decisions  
   201.    Reconsideration by the National VET Regulator  
   202.    Deadline for reconsideration  
   203.    Review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal  

           Division 2--Information management

              Subdivision A--Unauthorised disclosure

   204.    Unauthorised disclosure of VET information  

              Subdivision B--Information sharing

   205.    Disclosure of information by National VET Regulator  
   205A.   Disclosing information to certain government bodies etc.  
   206.    Advising State/Territory Education Ministers about concerns or proposed cancellation of registration  
   207.    Disclosure of information to occupational licensing bodies etc.  
   208.    Disclosure of information in accordance with international cooperative arrangements  
   209.    Release of information to the public  
   210.    Disclosure of information to the National VET Regulator  

              Subdivision C--VET student records

   211.    VET student records to be provided to National VET Regulator--executive officers etc.  
   212.    National VET Regulator may request VET student records to be provided to Regulator  
   213.    Transfer of VET student records to another registered training organisation  
   214.    National VET Regulator's management of VET student records  

   PART 10--REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

   215.    Annual report  
   216.    National Register  

   PART 11--CORPORATE AND ANNUAL OPERATIONAL PLANS

           Division 1--Corporate plans

   218.    Approval of corporate plan  
   219.    Variation of corporate plan  
   219A.   Application of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013  

           Division 2--Annual operational plans

   220.    Development of annual operational plan  
   221.    Variation of annual operational plan  

           Division 3--Compliance with plans

   222.    Compliance with plans  

   PART 12--MISCELLANEOUS

           Division 1--Delegations

   223.    Delegation by the Minister  
   224.    Delegation by the National VET Regulator--government authorities etc.  
   225.    Delegation by the National VET Regulator--occupational licensing bodies and other industry bodies  
   226.    Delegation by the National VET Regulator--NVR registered training organisations  

           Division 2--Provisions affecting partnerships

   227.    Partnerships--rights and obligations  
   228.    Continuity of partnerships  
   229.    Partnership ceases to exist  

           Division 3--Provisions affecting unincorporated associations

   230.    Unincorporated associations--rights and obligations  
   231.    Unincorporated association ceases to exist  

           Division 3A--Quality standards

   231A.   Quality Standards  

           Division 4--Miscellaneous

   232.    Fees  
   232A.   National VET Regulator annual registration charge  
   232B.   Recovery of charges  
   233.    Protection from civil actions  
   233A.   Failure to publish or broadcast advertisement or make offer or representation not actionable if Act would be contravened  
   234.    Compensation for acquisition of property  
   235.    Regulations  


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