Newbery Consulting VET News – 10th July 2020

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Hello and welcome to VET News,

The new ASQA Stakeholder Liaison Group has been announced. The group looks good and has very broad representation across the VET sector. ASQA has assembled a very good group of informed representatives and we hope the engagement with the sector leads to some positive outcomes.

If you have not yet had the chance, you still have a few days to provide your input to the Skills and Workforce Development Agreement Interim Report. The interim report poses many questions as the Productivity Commission seek input from the sector. You have until the 17th July to make your submission (click).

Good training,

Joe Newbery
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Compliance & Regulatory News

ASQA Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG)

ASQA has established a Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) to engage and consult with providers and other key stakeholders on ASQA’s approach to engagement and education, and identify and respond to key issues facing providers. Members of the SLG group have recently been announced and includes private RTOs, TAFEs, Community Colleges, Enterprise RTOs, a secondary school and two VET sector consultants.

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New CRICOS guidance released

ASQA has published additional guidance about certain key requirements under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) and associated legislative instruments, to help CRICOS providers understand and meet their obligations.

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ASQA approves further extended transition period for two qualifications until 31 March 2021

Following on from ASQA’s previous decision to extend the transition period for the FDF30411 Certificate III in Wine Operations and CPC30313 Certificate III in Concreting, on 26 June 2020 ASQA agreed to further extend the transition period until 31 March 2021, due to the impacts of COVID-19.

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Resumption Planning

ASQA has provided guidance on resuming normal operations including informing ASQA of permanent changes, reviewing what and how training organisations deliver, and maintain safety in a training environment. These resources are available to help providers adapt to changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic—particularly where providers may have ceased training at some or all locations for a period of time.

ASQA also hosted a webinar on resumption planning: continuing delivery in a changed world. The recording and slides are available to view.

Read more.

Other VET News

Marketplace for Online Microcredentials

As part of the Higher Education Relief Package, the government has announced that $4.3 million will be provided to build and run a marketplace for microcredentials. The marketplace will provide a nationally consistent platform to compare course outcomes, duration, mode of delivery and credit point value. Since the package was announced, 54 providers have created 344 short online courses in areas of skills shortage.

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COVID-19 Critical Skills for Point of Care Testing

AISC Emergency Response Sub-Committee has commissioned the development of new resources to support Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in the delivery of the COVID-19 Critical Skills Point of Care Testing. The skillset is part of the national COVID-19 response and includes the following units:

  • MSL974030 Process body fluid specimens using a point of care testing device
  • HLTPAT003 Perform capillary blood collections

The resources will include online learning resources with links to videos covering key topics, a facilitator implementation and assessment guide as well as digital and printed workbooks.

For further information, click here.

Addition to Undergraduate Certificate

An addendum has been published to the AQF Second Edition January 2013 to add a new qualification type to the AQF, the Undergraduate Certificate, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mid-Career Checkpoint program

From 1 July 2020, eligible carers in New South Wales and Queensland who are looking to return to the workforce or advance their career can access assistance through the Mid-Career Checkpoint program. This program will assist people who have spent more than two years out of the workforce undertaking caring responsibilities and are now looking to return to paid employment.

For further information, click here.

ACT-funded training activity AVETMISS quarterly reporting due

Registered training organisations (RTOs) are reminded that the submission window for reporting June quarter ACT-funded training activity is open from 1 to 15 July 2020.  This requirement applies to RTOs with a Training Initiative Funding Agreement, and those that have approved teach-out arrangements under the previous ACT Funding Agreement.

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Training Accreditation Council (TAC) Annual Declaration on Compliance

TAC registered RTOs can access the Annual Declaration on Compliance for the 2019/2020 financial year, with the Declaration to be submitted by 30 September 2020.


Articles and Papers

RPL declining

This report explores the volume and nature of RPL currently granted in the Australian VET system and an analysis of the factors that most affect the likelihood of RPL being granted to a student. It finds that only a small proportion of Australian VET students are granted recognition of prior learning (RPL) each year and that the use of RPL in VET is decreasing.

Read more.

Apprentice training satisfaction up 6.4 percent

The proportion of trade apprentices and trainees satisfied with their training has increased since 2008, up 6.4 percentage points in 2019 for those who completed training. This paper also shows the proportion of trade non-completers satisfied with their training has increased since 2008, up 6.9 percentage points.

View here.

Support & Assistance


Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) has launched a blog to provide job hunting tips to potential apprentices and help career influencers stay on top of industry trends.


New Fact Sheets

The TAC has recently published new Fact Sheets on Governance, Records Management and Distance and Online Modes of Training Delivery in accordance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.


Free training to get WA Skills Ready

As part of the WA COVID-19 Recovery Plan, the McGowan Labor Government has unveiled a comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and slash course fees or thousands of Western Australians. In an expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative, course fees for a further 39 high priority courses will be deducted by as much as 72 per cent. The program now includes 73 courses and will ensure Western Australians can access affordable training to help them get back into jobs.

Read more.

Training Package & Qualification Updates

 Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • FNS: Financial Services
    Revised 1st July 2020.
  • BSB: Business Services
    Revised 7th July 2020.
  • CHC: Community Services
    Revised 7th July 2020.
  • CPP: Property Services
    Revised 7th July 2020.
Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Qualification Update

Updates have been made to some Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Qualifications.

View here.

Upcoming Events

WEBINAR: The Future Value of Micro-credentialing in VET

29 July 2020, 11:00am – 12:00pm AEST
This session will provide a clear understanding of the difference between micro-learning, micro-credentialing and badging, and will gain insights on how you might start offering micro-credentials in your RTO.


TVET World eConference

28 July 2020 – 30 July 2020
Theme: Challenges facing Vocational Education and Training

Presentation from 24 international speakers on the following challenges:

  • Building a value driven TVET culture
  • Measuring quality in vocational education
  • Bridging the gap between TVET curricula and industry needs
  • TVET Policy and compliance models
  • TVET funding models
  • Education and training technology
  • Instructional design models
  • TVET workforce continuous development


NCVER ‘No Frills’ 2020 Conference

Online 7th -10th July 2020
Theme: Workforce ready: challenges and opportunities for VET.

The 29th National Vet Research Conference ‘No Frills’ will be held online for the first time ever, with a combination of pre-recorded content, key note speakers, workshops and presentations on the future of VET.

For more information, click here.

Tasmania online responsiveness workshops 

Professional development workshops on online responsiveness for Tasmanian VET practitioners have commenced.
These workshops are delivered online and at no cost, with a specific focus on Tasmanian trainers, VET practitioners and anyone involved in developing, managing and providing support in a vocational training environment.

To register, click here.


CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Newbery Consulting is pleased to offer the assessment support materials package for the qualification CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support (Release 2). The package includes the assessment tools for 22 units of competency and complete assessment materials including:

  • Assessment Summary Report
  • Assessor Instructions & Mapping
  • Candidate Instructions
  • Candidate Response Document
  • Practical Observation Tool
  • Supplementary Workplace Supervisor Report
  • Candidate Workplace Log
  • Training and Assessment Strategy

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RTO Data Cloud

Newbery Consulting has been supplying student management software for over 10 years. A cloud based RTO student management system that provides RTOs the capability to manage their training operation and meet all national and State reporting and compliance obligations. It would be our pleasure to offer you access as a trial user and you can evaluate the system capabilities for yourself.

Don’t continue to pay too much for cloud based AVETMISS software. Have the flexibility to only paying for your additional users as you need them on a flat daily cost of only $2.00 per day. Set up your online enrolments and customise your certificates at no extra cost. Need to manage your CRICOS and State funded enrolments, no problems. Get in contact with the team at Newbery Consulting today and request to be set up as a trial user.

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