Posted November 27, 2015 21:49:51

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Australia’s abilities coaching watchdog has been forced to defend its choice not to investigate fresh complaints against a private college it was preparing to give the all-clear in an audit.

Final month, the Australian Abilities Good quality Authority (ASQA) identified the Australian Careers Institute, which trades as The Sage Institute of Education, was compliant with the Federal Government’s coaching standards.

But in July, as ASQA was preparing to provide its findings, former Sage Institute teacher Shane Harvey lodged a complaint with regulator detailing a variety of allegations about the college.

Mr Harvey claimed that students paying thousands of dollars for courses at the Sage Institute of Fitness in Sydney turned up to their initial day of class in Could to discover no fitness center equipment in their coaching room.

“[They] didn’t even have dumbbells, which is a simple point that anyone would have. It was terrible,” he told 7.30.

Mr Harvey has also shown 7.30 instruction slides and textbooks that incorrectly labelled muscle tissues.

“If you do not know where the muscles are, how can you design and style an physical exercise that is going to target that muscle, if you do not know which joints it crosses?” he stated.

His complaint also alleged that students had been enrolled with out the required prerequisite qualifications.

But even even though ASQA was investigating the college at the time of the complaint, the regulator told Mr Harvey his concerns could not be followed up unless he provided proof.

“When the auditor asked Mr Harvey for more details, no response was received,” ASQA said in a statement.

“Had further proof been supplied, ASQA would have been in a position to use to investigate additional.”

Mr Harvey went on anxiety leave after putting his complaints to Sage Institute management.

In a statement, the college defended its training and equipment standards.

“As with anything, there is often an element of human error,” it mentioned.

“Sage employees are needed to log any errors they uncover or have brought to their attention in continuous improvement registers.”

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