Newbery Consulting VET News

28th October 2021

Hello and welcome to VET News,

We had an overwhelming response to our new compliance quiz. We have updated the quiz as promised with new questions and you can give it a go at the following link: New Compliance Quiz. Many clients are using the quiz to share with trainers and admin staff as a fun way of building knowledge and understanding of compliance which really is its purpose. Fantastic!

I just want to make a quick couple of points about ASQA this week:

Firstly, ASQAnet. We interact with ASQAnet a lot on behalf of clients and are constantly frustrated by this software platform which is rife with glitches and functional design problems. Obviously I give my feedback to ASQA about this in my own unique way and to their credit, they welcome the feedback because it gives them the data needed to get it fixed. Well, I am on a mission to help ASQA fix that flawed software. Who else has got to the end of an application and hit the submit button and received some type of error message and then needed to build the application again? Who has uploaded and submitted evidence only to have ASQA come back to you three weeks later and say they never received any evidence? I wouldn’t say this happens all the time, but it happens frequently enough to be a problem that needs to be fixed. I would absolutely encourage you to give your feedback to ASQA when you experience any problem with ASQAnet. They love getting this feedback to their feedback email which is Even if it is a minor issue, it all helps ASQA to fix this system so that if functions properly.

Secondly, new audit focus. We observed a significant shift this week in the audit focus taken by ASQA in its new performance assessment model. For the first time in almost seven years, ASQA are now interested in your policies and procedures. This is a shift from focusing totally on outcomes to also include a more structured consideration of your arrangements or policies and procedures. In a recently received pre-audit request for training and assessment documents, ASQA has requested (amongst other things):

  • policies and procedures that support you to ensure that the training and assessment delivered aligns with the requirements of the standards,
  • policies and procedures relating to industry engagement,
  • policies and procedures relating to validation,
  • policies and procedures relating to professional development of trainers and assessors,
  • policies and procedures (internal and for third parties if applicable) that support your organisation to ensure the accuracy of marketing and enrolment documents, and
  • policies and procedures relating to organisational governance including complaints and continuous improvement.

I thought this was worth sharing to give everyone a heads up to maybe take a look at your policy arrangements and consider how these are being applied in support of your compliance.

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News

ASQA Annual Report 2020–21 now available

ASQA’s Annual Report for the 2020–21 financial year has been tabled in the Australian Parliament. The report is a record of ASQA’s activities and performance for the previous financial year.

In 2020–21, ASQA continued to provide nationally consistent, risk-based regulation of vocational education and training (VET) in order to contribute to an informed, quality VET sector that meets Australia’s needs.

Read more.

ASQA’s Regulatory Risk Priorities for 2021–22

ASQA has released the Regulatory Risk Priorities for 2021–22, outlining their regulatory risk priorities for the next year.

ASQA use a risk-based approach to determine the most significant risks to achieving ASQA’s purpose, which is to ensure quality VET and the integrity of national qualifications issued by training providers.

Read more.

Other VET News

2021 fee relief now available to RTOs and non-school providers

Fee relief is available to eligible registered training organisations (RTOs) and non-school senior secondary providers (NSSSPs) to help ease the ongoing economic impact caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Minister for Education and the Minister for Training and Skills have provided fee relief to RTOs and NSSSPs by:

  • extending the VRQA’s financial powers to issue refunds to eligible providers which paid VRQA annual and re-registration fees between 17 February and 29 September 2021
  • waiving VRQA annual and re-registration fees that were due to be invoiced between 29 September and 31 December 2021 under Ministerial Order No. 1337.

For further information, click here.

Articles and Papers

Prevalence and outcomes of workplace-based delivery in VET

This publication reviews the current trends in how workplace-based delivery of training is distributed, including where entire programs are delivered in this way. The report shows that workplace-based delivery was used for about 4.1 million subjects (representing 17.2% of all subjects delivered outside an apprenticeship or traineeship) in 2019, either as the sole mode of delivery or in combination with other modes. Around 800,000 students experienced some form of workplace-based training as part of their VET journey in 2019, outside of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Read more.

Detailed Curricula Based on Work-Processes: The Need for Updating the Conventional Approach for Developing Curricula in TVET

This article focuses on the development of curricula that are oriented towards work-processes. This approach is based on insights which were generated from empirical work in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Read more. 

VET for secondary school students: insights and outcomes

This report investigates the models used to deliver VET to secondary students across and within jurisdictions and public and private school sectors, and reports on findings from surveys of students and parents about their motivations and aspirations. This research examines the merits of vocational education and training (VET) for secondary school students (VFSSS) in preparing students for work or further training from the perspectives of students, parents, industry stakeholders and employers. It also explores the models of provision used in government and non-government school sectors.

Read more.

Labour Market Trend Updates

Recruitment Insights Report – September 2021

REOS results in September 2021 show that labour market conditions remain subdued. Future staffing expectations have improved, which may reflect the anticipated easing of COVID-19 related restrictions over the coming months. In September 2021, 36% of employers were recruiting or had recruited in the past month, 2 percentage points lower than August 2021 (38%). The recruitment rate remained steady in Capital Cities (at 36%), while it dropped by 7 percentage points in Rest of State areas (from 43% to 36%). New South Wales had the lowest recruitment rate (31%, up from 24% in August 2021), followed by Victoria (32%, down from 37% in August 2021).

Read more.

Training Package Updates

Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • MAR: Maritime
    Revised 15th October 2021.
  • CPP: Property Services
    Revised 17th October 2021
ASQA approves extended transition period for HLT First aid units 

ASQA has agreed to extend the transition period of the following units of competency until 14 April 2022:

  • HLTAID001 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID002 – Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
  • HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • HLTAID005 – Provide first aid in remote situations
  • HLTAID006 – Provide advanced first aid
  • HLTAID007 – Provide advanced resuscitation
  • HLTAID008 – Manage first aid services and resources

For further information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Attracting industry experts to become VET Practitioners
Wednesday 8 December
2.00pm – 2.40pm ACDTResearch found that becoming a VET practitioner is an ongoing journey, not a destination; involving: vocational and educational preparation, a transition to VET, and continuing practice and updating of skills to maintain the dual professionalism that is required to train, assess and respond to the changing needs of industry.Register here.
VET Training & Assessment 2021 Summit
5 November 2021
OnlineThe VET Training and Assessment Summit 2021 will focus on designing training for the new world of work, embracing new technologies and supporting trainers and learners to achieve successful outcomes that can impact the workplace and the broader community.For further information, click here.


Business Opportunities / ATMs

Agency: National Indigenous Australians Agency
Category: 86000000 – Education and Training Services

Description: The Government’s National Indigenous Tourism Mentoring program (the Program) is intended to provide a place-based, individualised mentoring service, tailored to the diverse and growing needs of Indigenous tourism businesses across Australia.

The purpose of the Program is to develop the entrepreneurial potential and strengthen the economic participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Visitor Economy (the Australian tourism industry), through the provision of tailored mentoring support for Indigenous businesses.

The successful Suppliers(s) will work with the National Indigenous Australians Agency (the Agency) to design and deliver a Program that maximises the funds available for tailored mentoring support to Indigenous tourism businesses.

Read more.

AusTender materials are released by the Department of Finance. AusTender materials are subject to change and should be verified on the AusTender website to ensure the information is up to date and correct:

2022 Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) is now open

Skills Tasmania Endorsed Registered Training Organisations can now apply to the 2022 Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) to provide subsided training to apprentice and trainees across the state in 2022. To assist in the ongoing service provision to Tasmanian apprentices and trainees, Skills Tasmania will renew all existing 2021 agreement arrangements into the 2022 program.

For further information, click here.


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