Newbery Consulting VET News – 10th June 2020

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If you have not yet had the chance to read the Skills and Workforce Development Agreement Interim Report, I would totally recommend that you do. I know we see lots of these reports these days, but this interim report is likely to result in larger than normal change in the VET sector and is worth taking note of. There is definitely a theme that emerges from the analysis and interim findings. Here are some of my observations:

  • We are likely to see an expansion of the VET Student Loan Scheme, hopefully with tighter policy controls.
  • There will be some form of harmonisation of training subsidy levels across the States (of course except in Victoria).
  • It is likely that training subsidies are expanded to take in skill sets as the training market continues its shift to microskills.
  • There is an obvious commitment to improve competition and consumer choice in the training market which bodes well for the private sector.

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).

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Compliance & Regulatory News

Webinar on Distance learning: Compliance Essentials

ASQA hosted a webinar on Wednesday 27th May 2020, to provide information and guidance on remaining compliant when delivering courses via distance learning.

Access the webinar here.

Further extension to the transition period of the BSB42615 Certificate IV in New Small Business

On 29 May 2020, ASQA decided to further extend the transition period for BSB42615 Certificate IV in New Small Business. The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification now ends on 31 December 2020.

For further information, click here.

Information for RTOs delivering RSA training in South Australia

ASQA has been advised by Consumer and Business Services South Australia that RTOs who deliver responsible service of alcohol training in South Australia must be approved by the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner.

Approved RTOs will be listed on the Consumer and Business Services website. Training delivered by RTOs not approved will not be accepted for licensing and enforcement purposes in SA.

For more information, read here.

Regulatory flexibility for quality indicator data

The Data Provision Requirements 2012 requires all RTOS registered with ASQA to provide an annual summary report of their performance against learner engagement and employer satisfaction quality indicators.

Providers are required to submit their data for the 2019 calendar year by 30th June 2020.

ASQA has determined that it will not take regulatory action against providers that are unable to submit their 2019 quality indicator data.

Read more.

Other VET News

Implementation of the infection control training skill sets

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has subsequently provided a further statement on the use of the contextualisation advice. The statement confirms that the contextualisation advice must be applied by an RTO that is delivering HLTINFCOV001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures as part of one of the newly endorsed skill sets.

The AISC has also confirmed that credit transfer cannot be granted between HLTINFCOV001 and HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures.

For further information, click here.

New – Infection control training skill sets

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved the skill sets on infection control to upskill workers and manage risks arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The skills sets comprise of one unit of competency, HLTINFCOV001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures. ASQA will automatically approve 592 RTO’s which have HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures on scope, however RTO’s may choose to opt out of this approval by contacting ASQA.

Read more.

Skills and Workforce Development Agreement Interim Report

The Productivity Commission has released an interim report into the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD). This report examines how well the Federal, State and Territory governments have achieved their goals for the vocational education and training (VET) system. The Productivity Commission has urged interested parties to examine the interim report and to make written submissions by 17th July 2020. The final report is expected to be submitted to the Australian Government by November 2020.

For further information, click here.

COVID-19 information for VET providers

The Australian Government has provided advice on the latest health information, and on adopting flexible and online modes of delivering education and training.

  • For advice on reducing exposure to COVID-19 and reducing disruption to the VET sector, click here.
  • For information offering flexible learning arrangements for international students, read here.
  • For information about how to deliver online courses to students based in China, click here.

For further resources and information, please read.

Schools Guide to Australian Apprenticeships

AATIS has launched a School Guide to Australian Apprenticeships to help careers advisors and teachers have conversation about apprenticeships and traineeships with their students. The Schools Guide launch webinar can be viewed and accessed via the Careers Advisors page.

For further information, click here.

New Entry into Care Roles Skill Set to support aged and disability sectors

The new Entry into Care Roles Skill Set was jointly announced by the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP on Thursday 21 May 2020.

The new skill set will provide foundational knowledge and skills, including safe work practices and infection prevention procedures. It is designed to boost the aged care and disability support workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery phase by rapidly upskilling people to work in these sectors.

Read more.

New Apprentice/Trainee COVID-19 Training Policy

Skills Tasmania is implementing a new policy that will allow RTOs providing funded training and assessment services to Tasmanian apprentices and trainees whose training contracts are suspended or have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 on or after March 2020, to continue training and assessment for the duration of the suspension period or for up to 3 months following cancellation.

A copy of the policy can be viewed here.

Victorian RTO site audits suspended

To minimise the spread of COVID-19, we are not conducting RTO site audits while physical distancing guidelines are in place. If we determine a desktop audit is suitable, an RTO can participate in the audit remotely.

If we determine that a desktop audit is not suitable or practical for an RTO, we’ll make arrangements for an extension of the RTO’s registration for up to six months.

For further information, click here.

Articles and Papers

Initial and continuing VET in Australia: clarifying definitions and applications

This report examines whether a distinction can be made in Australian VET between initial vocational education and training (IVET) and continuing vocational education and training (CVET).

It provides a brief overview of the key aspects of IVET and CVET internationally and commentary on the Australian context, and outlines the VET system with the features pertinent to IVET/CVET.

Read more.

Apprenticeships and the Recovery Briefing Paper

The National Australian Apprenticeships Association (NAAA) has released a their Apprenticeships and the Recovery Briefing Paper, exploring the impact a recession will have on the apprenticeship sector and the many ways in which apprenticeships can help recover the situation.

The overall aim being to provide high quality school to work transitions for vocationally oriented students, support business activities through the recovery phase and in so doing ensure that Australia has the right mix of skills to underpin future growth and economic development.

Read more.


National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) National Register

The National Apprentice and Trainee Re-engagement Register support apprentices and trainees from small businesses who have recently lost their jobs, to reconnect and explore ongoing work.

The register is available for apprentices and trainees who have lost their jobs with small business employers as well as employers from any size business who have a vacancy for an apprentice or trainee.

For further information, click here.

Train Now Fund

The Department of State Growth, through Skills Tasmania, has released a new grant program to support businesses and existing workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The opening date for the program was 29th April 2020. The Train Now Fund will provide subsidised training to:

  • ensure employers who have urgent training needs can access funding support
  • improve the likelihood of businesses remaining sustainable
  • increase the future productivity of the business to support economic recovery and growth
  • increase the skill level and future employability of employees who remain with their employer, through completion of nationally recognised training.

For further information, click here.

Upcoming Events

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.

Emergency remote learning vs. planned online learning Webinar
Tuesday 30th June 2020
2:00pm – 3:00 pm AEST

This webinar will bring together a panel of experts from the VET sector to discuss remote and online learning for VET in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will discuss how organisations have responded to education and training delivery demands either through their pre-planned and implemented online learning, or in response to the pandemic with the development of emergency remote learning services.

Register here.

TVET World e-Conference
28th July – 30th July 2020

Theme: Challenges facing Vocational Education and Training
The TVET World e-Conference will be delivered completely online and broadcasted live. 24 international speakers presenting their analysis and solutions to TVET challenges.

Read more.

2020 Tasmanian Training Awards
3rd June – 20th July 2020

The Tasmanian Training Awards will open from Wednesday 3rd June until Monday 20th July 2020. The awards are for excellence in VET and workforce development.

Read more.

Australian Training Awards 2020

The Australian Training Awards recognise and celebrate excellence, promoting the benefits of vocational education and training.
The Australian Training Awards have extended the nomination period for its Direct Entry categories to Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

Read more.

Training Package Updates

Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • CHC: Community Services
    Revised: 19th May 2020.
  • HLT: Health Services
    Revised: 12th May 2020.
  • MSF: Furnishings
    Revised: 7th May 2020.
  • ICP: Printing and Graphics Art
    Revised: 6th May 2020.


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