The Australian | 25 January 2013
Pow Wow Training, a Melbourne training which was deregistered by Australian Standards and Quality Agency (ASQA) after being found to be “critically non-compliant” with national standards, has won a reprieve in the Federal Court.
Last September ASQA said it intended to terminate the college’s registration at the end of October. But Pow Wow is understood to have won a stay on that decision from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, pending an appeal to the Federal Court in November.
The court has now ordered ASQA to revisit the decision. ASQA said that process, which is already underway, included another audit of the college.
A spokesman for Pow Wow said it had been a “long battle”:
We’re the only ones to have taken ASQA on and won in the Federal Court.
ASQA chief commissioner Chris Robinson said the court decision had been about “procedural aspects” rather than the substance of ASQA’s decision. A spokesman said the court had found that ASQA hadn’t given Pow Wow enough time to respond to the findings of the original audit.