29 May 2019: The future of hundreds, if not a thousand or more, Nepalese students may be seriously affected if recent decisions by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) on two private colleges come into effect in few weeks time.
Both Registered Training Organisations (RTO) however have the right to appeal the ASQA decisions.
On May 8, ASQA decided to cancel the VET and CRICOS registration of the Australia Institute of Business & Technology International (AIBT-International) which is understood to have a high number of international students from Nepal. ASQA’s decision to cancel AIBT-International’s registration will take effect on 19 June.
“AIBT I is challenging the case this time in the federal court as ASQA has made errors in their report and hence their decision. The case is to be heard in June in the federal court,” Fiona Kee, AIBT International’s CEO and Head of Compliance, said in an emailed response to a query from southasia.com.au.
She also assured that there is currently no impact on her students, “For students and parents, its business as usual and classes are not cancelled.”
It is noteworthy that another VET provider owned by Ms Kee had faced similar situation few months earlier creating huge uproar both here and back in Nepal as, even then, majority of the affected students were from the South Asian nation.
Asked about the number of Nepalese students currently studying at AIBT International, Ms Kee declined to comment further due to the Federal Court hearing which she said is scheduled for early June.
Another college, also believed to have hundreds of international students from Nepal, is faced with ASQA’s “partial suspension”.
Australian Harbour International College has had its Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Certificate III in Individual Support and Diploma of Nursing suspended, information available on ASQA website indicates
The Australian Harbour International College has the opportunity to appeal against the partial suspension with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
With hundreds of Nepalese students studying at both of these RTOs, these latest ASQA decisions are most likely to create another wave of angry outbursts from the affected young men and women from the Himalayan nation.
A few months ago, a group of similarly affected nursing students had made emotional appearance on a live television programme broadcast from Nepal attracting massive public attention in the Himalayan nation.