Newbery Consulting VET News – 10th September 2020

Hello and welcome to VET News,

In response to an increasing number of client questions and regulator focus on the rules relating to the payment of fees in advance (Clause 7.3), we have published a new article on this subject which you can access here (click).

There are also some excellent articles available in the news today particularly the National Industry Insights Report released by the Australian Industry Skills Council. Also, please note for those who have been waiting on the opportunity to become a VET Student Loan provider, expressions of interest is opening between 15th Sep and 15th Oct. The application process is rigourous and not for the faint hearted. Details are available below.

Good training,

Joe Newbery
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Compliance & Regulatory News

ASQA approves extended transition period for ICT Release 5.0 training products

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for ICT Release 5.0 superseded and deleted training products. The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 31 December 2021.

The training product(s) will remain on RTOs scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period, unless the RTO chooses to withdraw it from scope prior.


Update on Implementation of the infection control training skill sets

ASQA published information about a new unit of competency and related skill sets for infection control training from the HLT Training Package that had been endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To guide providers to understand the difference between each training product, and identify the most suitable product to deliver to a learner cohort, ASQA has provided further information here. 

Other VET News

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the role of Chairperson Training Accreditation Council WA

The Minister for Education and Training is looking for a person with effective leadership skills, strategic thinking abilities, knowledge and experience in quality assurance to help influence the quality of VET throughout Western Australia.  

For further information, click here.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) invited for next application round of VET Student Loans Approved Course Providers

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment will open a round of applications for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) seeking approval to become a VET Student Loans Approved Course Providers.
Applications open on 15th September 2020 and close on 15th October 2020.

For further information, click here.

AISC Communique Meeting

The briefing addressed the various reforms being driven by the new National Federation Reform Cabinet (National Cabinet) Skills Committee with a focus on improving VET quality and relevance, and enhancing outcomes for students, employers and industry.

Two reforms to be undertaken immediately to support economic recovery are:

  • reform the training package system, including rationalising qualifications on the national register, to look at shaping training products to service occupations across industries.
  • industry engagement arrangements.

Read more.

Articles and Papers

Emerging Occupations – How new skills are changing Australian jobs

The National Skills Commission (NSC) has developed a data-driven approach to identify emerging occupations within Australia. This report aims to identify emerging skills and looks at how these skills change existing jobs, to identify emerging or new jobs in the labour market, and to help build the skilled, resilient and adaptable workforce now and for the future.

Read more.

Traditional trade apprenticeships: experiences and outcomes

This report investigates the experiences and outcomes of apprentices who did and did not complete their traditional trade apprenticeship. It shows that traditional trade apprentices report high levels of satisfaction with the off-the-job training they receive, irrespective of whether they complete their apprenticeship. It also shows that completing a traditional trade apprenticeship results in good employment outcomes. In 2019, over 90% of traditional trade apprentices who completed their apprenticeships were employed, compared with about 75% of non-completed.

Read more.

Labour Market Trend Updates

Jobs in Demand Employer Survey

The Jobs in Demand Employer Survey is based on employer contacts in the five industries that continue to experience relatively strong demand for goods and services (Health Care and Social Assistance; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade). Key findings include which jobs are in demand and what qualifications, skills and experience employers are seeking in these roles.

Read more.


Global Learner Survey 2020

This survey outlines how education has the potential to improve lives and enable economic mobility.  Driven by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this survey uncovered several key trends. It shows that online learning will be a key part of experiences for learners and economic uncertainty will drive more people to up-skill and re-skill for job security, whilst people are looking for institutions that instil hope and opportunities. People are also demanding equity in access to education, more investment in and better use of technology for learning as well as more pressure to build skills that will sustain people through a pandemic such as digital soft skills.

Read more.

Training Package & Qualification Updates

Training Package Update

The CHC: Community Services Training Package has been updated on

  • 1 qualification updated

Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Qualification Update

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


Support & Assistance

National Careers Institute new platform

The National Careers Institute has launched a new platform to assist Australians by providing job resources and career information all in one user-friendly place, connecting people of all ages and stages to information, advice and support to help find the job or study options that’s right for them.

View here.

National Industry Insights Report 

The Australian Industry Skills Council’s (AISC) National Industry Insights Report is a collection of skills, training, employment and labour market information and analysis, by industry sector. It also includes a National Skills Overview, which examines cross-industry insights. This resource supports Industry Reference Committees in designing and developing training packages that meet the current and future skills needs of industry.


Upcoming Events

The role of sustainability in the future workplace
Webinar:  22nd September 2020
2:00PM – 3:00PM (AEST)

This webinar will discuss how sustainability already impacts the VET sector and the role it might play in the future of work. It will give an insight about the role sustainability plays at AATIS and provide some practical tips how sustainable practices could be embedded in your workplace


Rationalising VET qualifications
Webinar: 7th October 2020
1:30PM – 2:10PM (ACDT)

This webinar will provide an overview of the different approaches used by other countries to reduce their number of VET qualifications. It will also discuss the lessons that can be learnt for the Australian VET system.

Read more.


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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