A study in difference : structures and cultures in Australian registered training organisations

Clayton, Berwyn, Fisher, Thea, Harris, Roger, Bateman, Andrea and Brown, Mike (2008) A study in difference : structures and cultures in Australian registered training organisations. Project Report. National Centre for Vocational Education Research NCVER, Adelaide, South Australia.


This report presents the findings of a study examining organisational culture and structure in ten Australian registered training organisations (RTOs) and is part of a program of research examining the factors which affect and help build the capability of vocational education and training (VET) providers. This study found that public providers had initiated extensive and often rapid change in response to external pressures to be more competitive and client-focused. For some, the amount and rapid pace of change had placed considerable strain on their organisations. For smaller private registered training organisations, on the other hand, change tended to be simpler and more incremental. Key messages: 1, Building organisational capability relies on the effective alignment of key elements within each registered training organisation. These elements include a clear vision and strategy, effective leadership and management, empowered staff and a workplace culture that encourages collaboration and networking. 2, There is general acceptance within registered training organisations that both structural and cultural changes are positive and will be ongoing. However, there is evidence of change fatigue and a desire for a period of structural stability. 3, Policy-makers need to carefully assess the potential impact of policies and regulatory arrangements on the sector’s providers to ensure that these do not stifle the ability of providers to respond to their clients’ needs. 4, A lack of autonomy, administrative rather than strategic approaches. and a silo mentality constrain organisational agility, which is most evident in public registered training organisations.

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Item type Monograph (Project Report)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1683
DOI TD/TNC 94.06
Official URL https://www.ncver.edu.au/research-and-statistics/p...
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Keywords ResPubID18791. vocational education and training providers, VET providers, registered training organisations (RTOs), organisational cultures and structures, Australia
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