Statement of VET Tuition Assurance
Under the provisions of Schedule 1A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and Chapter 3 of the VET Guidelines, the Australian College of Sport [ACS] must comply with the VET Tuition Assurance requirements. This is to protect students in the event that ACS ceases to provide a VET course of study in which a student is enrolled. The meaning of ‘ceasing to provide a VET course of study’ is set out at paragraph 3.5.3 of the VET Guidelines.
In the event that ACS ceases to provide a VET course of study in which a student is enrolled the student is entitled to a choice of:
- an offer of a place in a similar VET course of study with a Second Provider without any requirement to pay the Second Provider any VET tuition fee for any replacement VET units (this is known as the “VET Course Assurance Option”);
- a refund of his or her up-front VET payments for any VET unit of study that the student commences but does not complete because ACS ceases to provide the VET course of study of which the VET unit forms part (this is known as the “VET Tuition Fee Repayment Option”)
ACS has met the VET tuition assurance requirements as specified in the VET Guidelines through its current membership of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) Australian Student Tuition Assurance Scheme (ASTAS) including ASTAS-VET. Contact details for ACPET-ASTAS are:
ACPET Australian Student Tuition Assurance Scheme
Suite 12, Level 14
329 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel 02 9264 4490
If ACS ceases to provide a VET course of study, ACPET-ASTAS will send a student enrolled in the VET course of study a Written VET Tuition Assurance Offer (the Offer) advising the student of the options available under the VET tuition assurance requirements. The Offer will include directions that the student must follow in order to notify ACPET-ASTAS of the choice they have made for each affected VET unit.
ACPET-ASTAS will provide this Offer within twenty Business Days after it knows, or should know by reasonable enquiries that ACS has ceased to provide the VET course of study.
For the purposes of VET FEE-HELP, all courses offered by ACS in accordance with the course requirements of clause 45 of Schedule 1A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 are covered by the ACPET-ASTAS (’the Scheme’) as part of ACS’s membership of the Scheme.
The VET Course Assurance Option
Under the VET course assurance option, a student will be offered a place in a similar VET course of study by ACPET-ASTAS. If the student accepts this option, ACPET-ASTAS will make all necessary arrangements to ensure a student is able to enrol with the Second Provider in the similar VET course of study. This offered VET course will lead to the same or a comparable qualification without any requirement on the part of the student to pay the Second Provider any VET tuition fee for any replacement VET units (that is, units that the student had commenced but not completed because the VET course ceased to be offered). A student will receive full credit from the Second Provider for any VET units of study successfully completed at ACS.
The Second Provider nominated by ACPET-ASTAS may have different VET tuition fees to the fees the student would have paid for VET units of study which were part of the VET course of study ACS ceased to provide but which the student had not yet started studying.
A student is not obliged to enrol in a VET course of study with a Second Provider offered by ACPET-ASTAS under the VET Course Assurance Option. However, if he/she enrols with any other VET provider there is no obligation on that VET provider to offer full credit transfer for the VET units of study completed with ACS or to offer replacement VET unit/s free of charge.
The VET Tuition Fee Repayment Option
Under the VET Tuition Fee Repayment Option, ACPET-ASTAS undertakes to pay the student the total of any up-front VET payments already paid by the student for any VET units of study the student has commenced but not completed because the VET course ceased to be offered. Students selecting this option will also have their FEE-HELP balance re-credited for the uncompleted VET units.