Newbery Consulting VET News – 28th September 2022


Hello and welcome to VET News,

The volume of news seems to be picking up. This month’s VET News is packed with information that may be useful to you. There are two things that I just want to mention:

The first is very big news that the Smart and Skilled program which is the overarching VET funding and subsidy contract in NSW is opening for applications in Nov 2022. This is seriously significant as this contract has been effectively closed to new applicants since about 2016 from memory. The program will be opening for new applicants who are existing RTOs and those RTOs who have a current contract will also need to reapply. RTOs located outside NSW will also be able to apply and the overall eligibility criteria look very reasonable. This is seriously, once in a decade opportunity so check it out. There is a link to the information in the article below in Other VET News. If you are a new or existing RTO and need some support with your application, get in contact and we would be happy to assist. Applications must be submitted in the month of November 2022. More detailed information will be available from the NSW Government in the coming weeks.

The Optus data breach this week has provided a sobering reminder of the importance of data security and privacy protection. One issue that has emerged over the week and which is worth highlighting is the RTOs obligations under the Student Identifiers Act 2014. The information that was made available this week by Optus which is particularly sensitive, is information that is used to verify a person’s identity. I was personally the victim of identity theft some years ago and the perpetrator was able to open loans, take out credit cards, open road toll accounts all under my name with my name, address, DOB and drivers licence number. I am confident that my driver’s licence number was obtained from one of the many hotels that scanned my driver’s licence during the check-in process. The Police investigation determined that the perpetrator had purchased my licence number along with many others from a source they think was connected to a hotel. It is that easy. Thankfully the person was caught, and the financial institutions wrote off the debt and everything returned to normal. Suffice to say that I am extremely more diligent now about protecting my identify related personal information. As an example, I only ever show my drivers licence now using my phone and never hand over the actual card.

Which brings me back to the Student Identifiers Act 2014. All RTOs should be aware that it is a requirement of Student Identifiers Act that any personal information collected for the purpose of making an application on behalf of a student for a USI, the RTO must destroy (delete) the personal information collected as soon as practicable after the application is made or when it is no longer needed for that purpose. This is particularly in reference to identity verification information such as passport numbers, licence numbers, Medicare numbers, et cetera. The legislation does provide a provision that if you are required to retain that information for another lawful purpose, then the requirement to destroy the information does not apply. I think it is a timely reminder that if you are holding onto students’ sensitive identity information in your student management systems and have no other lawful purpose for that information, then it should be deleted. You can access the legislation at the following link and the relevant section is Section 11. Destruction of personal information collected for the purpose of making an application

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News



ASQA Corporate Plan 2022–23

ASQA has published its Corporate Plan 2022-23, which sets out the strategic direction for the national vocational education and training (VET) regulator for the next four years.

The Corporate Plan includes information about:

  • key activities and deliverables for 2022-23 to achieve our strategic objectives
  • performance measurement standards for key activities
  • our purpose and role.

Read more.

ASQA’s regulatory risk priorities 2022-23

ASQA has released its Regulatory Risk Priorities for 2022-23. The priorities for ASQA’s risk-based regulatory program in 2022–23 target areas of heightened risk to the quality of VET and confidence in the integrity of qualifications issued by training providers. ASQA uses education about these risks to promote providers’ examination of risks in their own business and to support provider self-assurance and continuous improvement.

ASQA’s priorities are informed by data, information and intelligence garnered through regular environmental scanning and engagement with stakeholders. Regulatory risk priorities guide ASQA’s allocation of resources to target systemic risk that may affect a significant proportion of providers or relate to a particular market segment of the VET sector, as well as the behaviours of individual Registered Training Organisations.

Read more.


Other VET News



The Smart and Skilled program for 2023-24

Smart and Skilled is a NSW Government program that helps people get training in in-demand skills and industries. It’s a key part of the NSW VET system.  Smart and Skilled gives eligible students:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

The Smart and Skilled application process will determine which RTOs are suitable for a Smart and Skilled contract and financial allocations for 2023-24. RTOs that apply will need to demonstrate that they can deliver quality training that meets industry needs and skills shortages.

Applications for the Smart and Skilled program will open on 1 November 2022. The application process will be open for four weeks. All existing and prospective Smart and Skilled providers need to apply as part of a new application process in 2023-24.

For further information, click here.

Women in trades

Women are underrepresented in trades across a range of sectors. They make up only 2% of qualified workers in key industries, such as building and automotive. The NSW Behavioural Insights Unit has partnered with Training Services NSW to increase the recruitment of women in non-traditional trades.

Employers want to know how to attract more workers, including women as trade jobs are in high demand. Your feedback will help employers understand how to recruit more women and girls into trades.

Take the survey here.

26TEN Employer Grants
The 26TEN grants support employers and peak bodies to run projects to improve literacy and numeracy of Tasmanian workers (paid and volunteers). Projects can include improving all aspects of workplace communication. Tasmanian employers, Tasmanian industry associations and peak bodies, and registered training organisations (in partnership with employers, industry associations or peak bodies) can apply. The 2022-23 grant round opens July 18 2022 and closes 17 February 2023.Further information, click here.

Articles and Papers



Generation Z: life at 21

This publication shows, when comparing 21-year-olds in 2015 with 21-year-olds in 2021, those who felt happy about their future decreased to 79% (down from 88%), while those who were happy with their career prospects dropped to 76% (down from 84%). Those satisfied with the state of the economy decreased by 15 percentage points to 46% (down from 61%). Financial hardship was also a concern for 21-year-olds in 2021, with 28% experiencing financial stress.

Read more.

Government-funded students and courses – January to March 2022

This publication provides a summary of data relating to students, program, subjects, and training providers in Australia’s government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system. The data in this publication cover the period of 1 January to 31 March 2022. In the three months to 31 March 2022, 708 450 students were enrolled in government-funded vocational education and training (VET) in Australia, 89.4% of program enrolments were in qualifications.

Read the full article here.

VET and higher education pathways – do outcomes differ for the same occupation?

This report examined the employment outcomes of individuals with VET qualifications and those with higher education qualifications, focusing on four selected occupations, to evaluate if they are doing the same tasks and have the same salary and career outcomes. The research showed that VET and higher education qualified individuals in the same occupation undertake the same tasks and receive the same salary initially (with the exception of childcare workers), but over time their differing qualifications lead to different job outcomes and career pathways. Higher education qualifications tend to lead to higher pay, more autonomy, supervisory responsibilities and more opportunities for career progression.

Read the full article here.


Labour Market Trend Updates



Recruitment Activity Key indicators – August 2022

In August 2022:

  • 56% of employers were recruiting, which was 3 percentage points lower than last month, but 18 percentage points higher than in August last year (when lockdowns affected much of the country).
  • The recruitment rate decreased by 3 percentage points to 54% in Capital Cities, while in Rest of State areas the rate decreased by 4 percentage points to 58%.
  • The recruitment difficulty rate eased by 1 percentage point to 74% of recruiting employers (representing 41% of all employers). This is the second-highest recruitment difficulty rate recorded for this series.

Read more.

Industry Profiles Update

Industry Profiles have been updated with August 2022 ABS Labour Force data, including Education and Training. Education and Training is a large employing industry. Around 8.1% of workers have their main job in this industry. Employment in the Education and Training industry grew over the 20 years to August 2022. The number of workers:

  • fell by 12,400 (or 1.1%) over the last quarter
  • grew by 9,600 (or 0.9%) over the last year.

Employment in Education and Training is projected to grow by 149,600 (or 13.4%) over the five years to November 2026.

Read more.


Training Package Updates



Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • SIT: Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package
    Revised 9th September 2022.
  • CPC: Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package
    Revised 15th September 2022.
  • FNS: Financial Services Training Package
    Revised 23rd September 2022.
Approved extension transition period

ASQA approves extended transition period for the following qualifications:

  • FBP20117 Certificate II in Food Processing
  • FBP30417 Certificate III in Bread Baking
  • CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
  • CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
  • UET20319 Certificate II in ESI – Powerline Vegetation Control
  • UET20619 Certificate II in ESI – Asset Inspection
  • UET30519 Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Transmission Overhead
  • UET30619 Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Distribution Overhead
  • UET30719 Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Rail Traction
  • UET30819 Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Distribution Cable Jointing
  • UET30919 Certificate III in ESI – Remote Community Utilities Worker
  • UET40419 Certificate IV in ESI – Network Systems
  • UET40519 Certificate IV in ESI – Power Systems Substations
  • UET50219 Diploma of ESI – Power Systems
  • UET60219 Advanced Diploma of ESI – Power Systems
  • MAR20318 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • PSP50116 Diploma of GovernmentTLI31216 Certificate III in Driving Operations

Further information, click here.


Upcoming Events




Recruiting vocational teachers and trainers 
29th September 2022
03:00 PM in Paris
WebinarLearn new insights on the preparation of vocational teachers and trainers in different countries and contexts, taken from the latest OECD analysis.Register here.
National VET Conference
3 November 2022 – 4 November 2022
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition CentreThe 2022 National VET Conference will be delivered over two days on the 3rd and 4th November 2022 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will include an exciting range of presentations, providing attendees with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of plenary and elective sessions.Register




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