The Services SETA was established in terms of the Skills Development Act No 97 of 1998. It receives levy income in terms of the Skills Development Levies Act No 9 of 1999. The SETA is required to manage these funds in accordance with the terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and various regulations emanating from that Act, including Supply Chain Management Regulations. These Acts are amended from time to time and such amendments need to be factored into the work of the Services SETA.
The work of the SETA is further guided by the South African Qualifications Act No 58 of 1995. This Act provided for the Services SETA to apply to become an Education and Training Quality Assurer (ETQA). This legislation was subsequently adjusted by the National Qualifications Framework Act No 67 of 2008 and the 2008 amendments to the Skills Development Act (2008) establishing the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
The National Skills Development Strategy (NSDSIII) provides a framework for the Services SETA to align its work to the New Growth Path (NGP), the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAPII), the National Skills Accord, and other mandates such as Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and other provisions relating to employment equity and the Charter processes in so far as they impact on the services sector.
- National Qualifications Framework Act No. 67 of 2008
- Skills Development Levies Act No 24 of 2010
- Draft National Artisan Development Trade Test Pass Rate and Quality Improvement Strategy 2015
- Education Laws Amendment Act No. 31 of 2007
- Education Laws Amendment Act No.24 of 2005
- Further Education and Training Colleges Act No. 16 of 2006
- Further Education and Training Colleges Amendment Act, 2012 (Act No. 3 of 2012)
- General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Amendment Act No. 50 of 2008
- Higher Education Amendment Act No. 21 of 2011
- Higher Education Amendment Act No. 39 of 2008
- Higher Education and Training Laws Amendment Act No 25 of 2010
- Higher Education Laws Amendment Act No 26 of 2010